Gay Algerians seek ‘rainbow marriages’ to elude rigid society

As it does every year, Algeria’s LGBTQ community celebrated TenTen, it's national day of solidarity, on October 10.

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Every year, hundreds or even thousands of gay people across Algeria get married in such “rainbow weddings”, because of social and familial pressure. In a country where homosexuality is a crime – punishable by two months to two years in prison, along with a heavy fine – marrying a person of another gender has become the alternative to coming out, when the latter leads to ostracisation from society.

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This year’s TenTen – the Algerian LGBTQ community’s 11th annual day of solidarity, are organised by their advocacy group Alouen.

In Algeria you have rainbow marriages – Lesbian woman marrying a gay man to elude rigid society.

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