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22 Nov 2022

What's life like for LGBTQ people in Cambodia?

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

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Cambodia? Let’s take a look at some of the key equality indicators.

Is homosexuality legal in Cambodia?

Yes – it’s never been criminalised.

The age-of-consent is 15, regardless of sexual orientation.

Are there anti-discrimination protections in place for LGBTQ people in Cambodia?

No, anti-discrimination provisions that protect LGBTQ people from discrimination on the basis of sexuality are not currently in place.

This has been an ongoing point of discussion for the government in Cambodia, and it appears that there is acknowledgment that these protections need to be implemented.

Is there Marriage Equality in Cambodia?

There is currently no legal recognition of same-sex relationships in Cambodia. The relevant legislation explicitly limits marriage to opposite-sex couples.

There appears to be growing support for Marriage Equality in Cambodia.

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Cambodia?

There’s a visible and vibrant LGBTQ community – particularly in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

However, there are still widespread traditional expectations around family responsibilities that can lead to problems for LGBTQ people and force people to conceal their sexuality.

The government is supporting initiatives to tackle homophobia and discrimination, with LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum now in place across schools.

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