LGBT rights in Saint Kitts and Nevis
|LGBT rights in Saint Kitts and Nevis|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Male illegal, female legal|
|Up to 10 years in prison, with or without hard labour.|
|No recognition of same-sex relationships|
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Saint Kitts and Nevis face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents.
Illegality of male homosexuality
Male on male homosexuality is illegal in St. Kitts and Nevis. Section 56 and 57 of the "Offences Against the Person Act" criminalises male on male same-sex sexual activity. Section 56 of the "Offences Against the Person Act": "The abominable crime of buggery" – up to 10 years imprisonment, with or without hard labour.
Section 57 of the "Offences Against the Person Act": "Whosoever attempts to commit the said abominable crime, or is guilty of any assault with intent to commit the same, or of any indecent assault upon any male person, is guilty of misdemeanour, and being convicted thereof shall be liable to be imprisoned for any term not exceeding four (4) years with or without hard labour."
The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis says it has no mandate from the people to abolish the criminalisation of homosexuality among consenting adults. However, despite the existence of the law on the books, there has been no known prosecution of same-sex sexual activity according to the Government.
Female to female sexual relationships are legal.
The Caribbean Island of Nevis—part of the nation of St. Kitts and Nevis—barred a cruise ship carrying 110 mostly American gays from docking March 23 2005. A police boat halted the Source Events/Windjammer Barefoot Cruises ship and took the captain to shore for a meeting with port, police, customs and immigration officials, after which the ship was ordered to sail on. Port authority Acting General Manager Oral Brandy told reporters that Nevis does not want homosexuality “to be a part of our culture.”