LGBT rights in Niger

LGBT rights in Niger

Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal[1]
Discrimination protections No[2]
Family rights
Recognition of
Adoption No[3]

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Niger face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity is legal,[1] however the constitution does not allow for protection from discrimination.

Law regarding same-sex sexual activity

Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Niger but the age of consent is different for same-sex and opposite-sex sexual activity [1]

Recognition of same-sex relationships

Niger does not legally recognize same-sex unions.[1]

Discrimination protections

There is no legal protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation.[2]

Living conditions

The U.S. Department of State's 2010 Human Rights Report found that "there were no known organizations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender persons and no reports of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. However, gay persons experienced societal discrimination."[2]

Summary table

Same-sex sexual activity legal (Always legal)
Equal age of consent
Anti-discrimination laws in hate speech and violence
Anti-discrimination laws in employment
Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services
Same-sex marriage
Recognition of same-sex couples
Step-child adoption by same-sex couples
Joint adoption by same-sex couples
Gays and lesbians allowed to serve openly in the military
Right to change legal gender
Access to IVF for lesbians
Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples
MSMs allowed to donate blood

See also


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