Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Liberia face legal challenges not experienced by non LGBT residents as both male and female same sex sexual activity is illegal in Liberia.
Chapter 14 of the Penal Law of Liberia criminalizes voluntary sodomy and states in Section 14.74 under voluntary sodomy that a person who engages in deviate sexual intercourse under circumstance not stated in Section 14.72 relating to aggravated involuntary sodomy or 14.73 relating to involuntary sodomy have committed a first degree misdemeanor.
During a two days media and civil society consultation on the promotion of sexual and reproductive health rights organized by the Anti AIDS Media Network AAMN, the group called on the media to increase reportage on abuse of the rights of such individuals.
The forum was held under the theme understanding sexual reproductive health and rights, the role of the media and civil society.
Moses Browne Communication officer of the Global Fund GBTFM mentioned that the Media role in promoting sexual and reproductive health right is very key in that, citizens consumes media products and are highly dependent on their output.
Browne indicated “we must raise the awareness on sexual and reproductive health and the media is a major component of such initiative. We must do more research and investigations on violations of the rights of Gays, Lesbian and bisexual partners”.
“Our role is to communicate information that drive policy decision for the betterment of people whose sexual and reproductive health rights has been violated. We must use facts and information available and not sentiments and emotions”, he said.