Homosexual development in Djibouti

(dateIITians 2012)
Hostile social attitudes
Since Djibouti is consisted of mainly Muslims, people will not admit their identity as homosexuals (Ammon 2012).
Even in Jewish and Catholic society, there are sometimes some social forces providing support to homosexual
couples. However, due to the social opposition in practice, people receive even fewer supports from the society
(Siraj 2012: 452). According to US Department of State (2010: 17), there is no room for homosexual orientation,
and people will keep their identity as a secret.

Few supports to LGBT in Djibouti
Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, which helps immigrates and refugess, (2004: para 6) finds information
on afrik.com that lesbians keep their identity as a secret because lesbians are not officially accepted and there
were no organization for lesbians up to 2003. It seems that Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada pays
attentions to this issue because LGBT groups still bear much suffering.

A male homosexual expressed that ‘We are living undercover, unconfident and in fear’ and ‘Our general situation
is very dangerous because we do not have an association which can represent us in a legal fight; we don’t have
much Internet, we don’t have any services for health, education or fun’(Ammon 2012: line4).

Although there is one LGBT community, it is poorly organized and has ‘uncertain friendship network’
(Ammon 2012: line4). US Department of State (2011: 21) even reports no known homosexual organizations
are found. It is hard for the community to convert the current situation which is affected by the deep-rooted
homophobia Muslim culture. It shows that lack of freedom, lack of support, and unfavorable culture constraints
freedom of homosexuals in Djibouti.