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Gay Guide Namibia
Homosexuality is taboo in parts of society in Namibia. Sexual orientation of people in employment is legally protected through a general ban on discrimination according to the Namibian Constitution. Homosexual acts are no longer prosecuted under criminal law in Namibia, provided that they take place in a private environment. Same-sex couples are not yet recognized in form of a registered partnership or in the context of same sex marriage. In 2006, the Ministry of Safety and Security even prohibited the distribution of condoms in prisons, as this "would be tantamount to an invitation to maintain homosexual relations". According to UN data, one in five Namibians (more than 21%) is infected with the HIV virus. Many gay men are forced to lead double lives and marry. Many gay people simply live with the new situation and the hostility. Nevertheless Namibia is a wonderful country to visit with a variety of activities on offer such as following the trail of the desert elephants, river rafting on the Kunene River or game watching in luxury safari lodges in the Kalahari.
Cities in Namibia
Location: South West Africa
International country code: 264 (omit 0 from area code)
International access code: 09
Language: English, Afrikaans, Native Languages & German
Area: 824, 292 km² / 318,694 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Namibia Dollar (N$) = 100 Cents
Religions: 50% Lutheran, 20% Catholic
Climate: Desert climate that is hot and dry. Rainfall is sparse and erratic. Autumn (Apr-Sep) is the best time to visit Namibia.