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São Tomé and Príncipe is an island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Africa. It consists of two islands: São Tomé and Príncipe. It is the second-smallest African country in terms of population. Other than agriculture, the main economic activities are fishing and a small industrial sector engaged in processing local agricultural products and producing a few basic consumer goods.
Regarding homosexuality, although it is technically illegal, the 'live and let live' attitude of the country means that while there are no facilities for gay people, there is little to bother them either. There are no gay places to meet or socialize. "We're all 'main-streamed' here," said a gay resident.
First-person stories, original photos, and other LGBT travel resources about Sao Tome and Principe.
Name:Sao Tome and Principe Population:147000 Capital:São Tomé - Pop. 54000 Area:964 sq. km. / sq. miles. Language:Portuguese Religion:Roman Catholic, Evangelical, Protestant, Seventh-Day Adventist Status of Homosexuality:Illegal Telephone Country Code:239
At the beginning of 2011, 36 states in Africa criminalised sexual orientation, with penalties ranging from fines in Algeria and Kenya, to the death penalty in Sudan and Nigeria. The ‘criminalisation of sexual orientation’ is a blanket term that refers to criminal sanctions imposed on individuals that engage in adult same-sex conduct, which in turn… Read more »
(Issue 1907 – Between The Lines News) – Sao Tome and Principe, an island nation located off the west coast of Africa, will decriminalize gay sex in upcoming revisions to its Criminal Code, its representatives said Jan. 31 at the country’s United Nations Universal Periodic Review session. “Obviously there is a concern about sexual relations… Read more »
1 Sao Tome & Principe–your basic little paradise 11/03 2 Oil and tourism threaten to treble rate of HIV infection in five year 5/05 3 Sao Tome E Principe: Sexo gay deixará de ser criminalizado 2/11 1 Sao Tome & Principe–your basic little paradise (Source and author unknown) November 6, 2003 Sao Tome and Principe… Read more »
Sao Tome – The HIV prevalence rate in Sao Tome and Principe could treble over the next five years as tourism and the development of offshore oil bring thousands of people flooding into the remote island state in the Gulf of Guinea, a prominent local AIDS campaigner has warned. Antonio Amado Vaz, executive director of… Read more »
Sao Tome and Principe is a tiny two island African nation, near the equator, off the coast of Equatorial Guinea. Luis has lived and worked there for several years and finds that the ‘live and let live’ attitude of the country means that while there are no facilities for gay people, there is little to… Read more »