According to Article 388 of the Algerian penal code (1996), sodomy may be punished with
imprisonment from 2 months, to 2 years and a fine of 10,000 Algerian dinars ($150). Algerian public
attitudes toward gay people can be violently homophobic and homosexuals are often the
targets of assassination by Islamic fundamentalists. "Honor killings" of gay people by their own
families (to avoid the 'shame' of homosexuality and the 'stain' upon a family) are common.
As in many countries where homophobia is the cultural norm, Algeria has seen a marked
increase in HIV infection in recent years. Discussion of safe sexual practices, and of
homosexuality itself, is virtually impossible. The fear of violence keeps the gay community
atomized, closeted, and unwilling to communicate freely even among themselves.
For a good discussion of day-to-day GLBT existence in Algeria, see "Being Gay in Algeria Today" Article
(source - Gay Maroc)