Homosexuality is illegal in Botswana.

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Apr 29th, 2004, 02:55 AM
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Homosexuality is illegal in Botswana.

I was reading the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website which gives advice on travel to most destinations.

I was very surprised to read that homosexuality is illegal in Botswana.

Some of us are fortunate to be born in a country where such considerations are no longer so much of an issue but it really made me stop and think when I realised that some of my friends would need to hide who they were if they wanted to visit one of my very favourite countries.

I'm not sure why I'm sharing this but it's related to travel to Africa and it was an unexpected discovery.

I guess perhaps it might prove useful in the future to someone planning a visit.
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Apr 29th, 2004, 03:59 AM
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Kavey - Interesting that you post this, as I had been reading a few days back, that homosexuality is illegal in many countries, not to say that homosexuality doesn't exist in these countries. It's just that those who are "just don't tell" - not unlike how it had been in many modern countries (first world) countries until recent times.

We've had occasion of visits to many countries to discuss the specific topic of HIV/AIDS with our guides and how this is impacting their countries; most indicate that no such situation exists in high numbers and there is a very small, if any, gay population in their countries - Duh!

We certainly know that HIV/AIDS is notonly a homosexual desease - when one considers the high incidence especially in African countries and others around the world. Not unlike one isn't supposed to bring into many many countries so-called pornographic material, yet you see "girlie" magazines on newstands in many of these countries, even Muslim countries (Turkey for instance).

Personally, I believe these countries don't want to admit this life-style exists within their boundries. So unless homosexuals are outwardly displaying their preferences, they have no worry traveling.

Here in the States, even our government hasn't gotton the subject clear as far as the military is concerned with their "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Very strange.

But it's a heads-up for anyone traveling anywhere to check such information for their own peace of mind.
 
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