LGBT rights in Greenland
|LGBT rights in Greenland|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Legal since 1933,
age of consent equalized in 1977 (Danish law)
|Military service||Gays and lesbians allowed to serve openly (Danish military)|
|Discrimination protections||Sexual orientation protections (see below)|
|Registered partnerships since 26th April 1996|
|Adoption||Step adoption only|
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights in Greenland are very similar to those in Denmark. Same-sex sexual activity is legal, with an equal age of consent, and there are broad anti-discrimination laws. Furthermore, same-sex couples have access to registered partnerships, which provide them with nearly all of the rights provided to married opposite-sex couples. Nonetheless, same-sex couples cannot marry or jointly adopt.
In 1979, Denmark granted Greenland autonomy under the Home Rule Act, although it still influences the island's culture and politics.
Law regarding same-sex sexual activity
Recognition of same-sex relationships
A bill aiming for the adoption of Denmark's marriage law, as supported by the government of Greenland, was planned to be considered by parliament in the spring of 2014, but postponed to the autumn of 2014. However, because of early parliamentary elections held in November 2014, consideration of the bill has been delayed again. Bishop Sofie Petersen is in favour of gay marriage.
Adoption and family planning
There is no law on joint adoption. However, there is not only a chance at step-adoption, lesbians are also granted more parental rights than gay men, as a law regarding IVF for female couples was legalized in 2006.
Denmarks's anti-discrimination laws apply to Greenland.
LGBT rights movement in Greenland
There was an LGBT rights organization called "Qaamaneq" (Light) (2002-2007), which has organized social events.
|Same-sex sexual activity legal||(Since 1933)|
|Equal age of consent||(Since 1977)|
|Anti-discrimination laws in hate crime||(Since 2010)|
|Anti-discrimination laws in employment||(Since 2010)|
|Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services|
|Recognition of same-sex couples||(Since 1996)|
|Step-child adoption by same-sex couples||(Since 2009)|
|Joint adoption adoption by same-sex couples||(Pending)|
|Gays allowed to serve in the military||(Denmark responsible for defence. Since 1978)|
|Right to change legal gender|
|Access to IVF for lesbians||(Since 2006)|
|MSMs allowed to donate blood|
- Greenland Reports
- Yuval Merin, Equality for same-sex couples. Published in 2002.
- (Danish) Aleqa: Der er forskelsbehandling på homo og heteroseksuelle par
- "Homovielser i Grønland fra juli 2014" (in Danish). Greenlandic Broadcasting Corporation. 19 November 2013.
- (Danish) Anordning om ikrafttræden for Grønland af lov om ændring af lov om registreret partnerskab m.v.
- Gay Greenland (Denmark)
- "Nuuk: 1st Gay Pride parade on May 15". Sikunews. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
- "Nuuk's Gay Pride parade a success". Sikunews. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
- Allen, Dan. "WorldWatch: Greenland's First Gay Pride | Gay & Lesbian Travel Guides". Trip Out Gay Travel. Retrieved 19 January 2011.