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22 Mar 2022

What's life like for LGBTQ people in Timor Leste?

Let's take a look at some of the key equality indicators.

What's life like for LGBTQ people in Timor Leste? Let's take a look at some of the key equality indicators.
Is it legal to be gay?
Same-sex sexual activity has been legal since 1975.
Is there anti-discrimination legislation in place?
There are no anti-discrimination protections in place.
During the most recent constitutional update (2002), the inclusion of anti-discrimination provisions was discussed but the proposal was defeated.
Is there marriage equality?
No legal recognition of same-sex relationships.
What’s it like for LGBTQ people who live there?
East Timor is a socially conservative country, with the Catholic church strongly influencing public opinion.
What’s it like for LGBTQ people who visit?
East Timor is a socially conservative country. Caution and discretion is required.

What's life like for LGBTQ people in Timor Leste (East Timor)? Let's take a look at some of the key equality indicators.

Is homosexuality legal?

Same-sex sexual activity has been legal since 1975.

Are there anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people?

There are no anti-discrimination protections in place.

During the most recent constitutional update (2002), the inclusion of anti-discrimination provisions was discussed but the proposal was defeated.

Is there marriage equality?

No legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

What’s it like for LGBTQ people who live there?

East Timor is a socially conservative country, with the Catholic church strongly influencing public opinion.

Reader's Comments

1. 2022-03-23 10:00
as per usual the religious right erodes the prospect of inclusion generally.... sad indictment of religion generally

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