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Cotonou



Is this a good city for LGBT expatriates? Why or why not?

I think it's fine, as long as you are not very open. There is prejudice and discrimination in Benin. - Jan 28, 2017
NO. Unless you want to hide who you are. People here are extremely prejudiced. - Oct 10, 2015
Our gay friends were happy in Cotonou but homosexuality is not openly accepted in the local culture. - Jun 29, 2015
It's not the worst, but don't plan on participating in any pride parades. The north of the country is predominately Muslim, while the south is Christian, and people take their religion very seriously in Benin. However, I've seen a few instances of like-minded folks being able to find each other here. - Aug 23, 2014
Yes. - Jul 26, 2013
I've known gay and lesbian expats who have had perfectly fine experiences here. I haven't heard of any outright discrimination, but at the same time there is no active gay and lesbian community to my knowledge, so it depends what you're looking for. - May 21, 2013
I doubt that it is ideal, just because the expat social scene is so small to begin with, but there were gay expats here in the past and they managed to create a pretty active social life for themselves. - Mar 2, 2013
Beninese are socially and religiously conservative and LGBT issues are not openly discussed. However, and unlike neighboring Nigeria, nobody is trying to get anti-gay laws passed here in Benin. The Government of Benin is accrediting the same-sex partners of foreign diplomats. I donít think that any of the gay or lesbian officers at the U.S. Embassy have experienced any hostility or discrimination. - Dec 29, 2011