In a recent interview, Andorra’s prime minister, Xavier Espot Zamora, has come out as gay.
Confirming that he's never tried to conceal his sexuality, Zamora made the point that he wants to be able to express his sexuality publicly and hopes that he can be a role-model to young queer people in Andorra.
A former judge, Zamora took office in 2019 and oversees the country’s population of approximately 79,000.
During the course of his premiership, Andorra has legalised marriage for same-sex couples, introduced anti-discrimination laws for gender identity or expression, and the right for trans people to change their legal gender.
In the most recent ILGA-Europe Rainbow Map rankings, Andorra was ranked 24th out of Europe’s 49 countries on LGBTQ rights.
What's life like for LGBTQ people in Andorra?
Let's take a look at some of the key equality indicators.
Is it legal to be gay in Andorra?
Yes. The law prohibiting same-sex sexual activity was abolished in 1791.
The age of consent is 14 – that’s the same for same-sex sexual activity as well as heterosexual sexual activity.
Does Andorra provide anti-discrimination protection to LGBTQ people?
Yes. Discrimination protections have been in place since 2005.
Is there Marriage Equality in Andorra?
Yes. Civil unions for same-sex couples was introduced in 2014 and this was subsequently enhanced to deliver full marriage equality.
Can same-sex couples in Andorra adopt children?
Yes. This has been possible since 2014.
Is Andorra a good place to be LGBTQ?
Andorra is a relatively tolerant society. With the protections and equality that LGBTQ people in Andorra benefit from, Andorra is a pretty good place to be queer.