LGBT rights in Suriname
|LGBT rights in Suriname|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Legal, but age of consent not equalized|
|No recognition of same-sex couples|
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Suriname may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in Suriname, though the age of consent is 2 years higher than for opposite-sex sexual activity.
Law regarding same-sex sexual activity
Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Suriname.
The age of consent is set at 18 for homosexuals, 16 for heterosexuals. The code section which criminalises homosexual acts with someone under the age of 18 with up to four years imprisonment (Section 302) is rarely enforced.
Recognition of same-sex relationships
There are no anti-discrimination laws; as a result the LGBT people are not legally protected from discrimination.
Suriname's first public gay rights march took place on 11 October 2011 (National Coming Out Day in the United States, Nationale kom uit de kast dag in the Netherlands) in Paramaribo, following Ronny Asabina's comments against homosexuality in June. Two members of parliament, including Harish Monorath, attended the event. It was partly organized by Suriname Men United, the largest gay men's organization in the country.
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