LGBT rights in Yemen

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LGBT rights in Yemen Yemen
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Illegal
Corporal punishment for first offense. Death penalty for second offense
Gender identity/expression
Military service
Discrimination protections None
Family rights
Recognition of
No recognition of same-sex relationships

Homosexuality is illegal in Yemen in accordance with the country's Shari'ah legal system.[1] LGBT persons in Yemen are likely to suffer discrimination, legal, and social challenges. Punishments for homosexuality range from flogging to death.[2][3] Yemen is one of only seven countries to apply a death penalty for consensual sexual acts between adults of the same sex.[4]

Gay and lesbian websites are blocked by the government.[5]

As of 2007, there was no public or semi-public space for gays as in western countries.[6] The official position is that there are no gays in Yemen.[6]

Summary table[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity legal No (Penalty: Death)
Equal age of consent No
Anti-discrimination laws in employment No
Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services No
Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech) No
Same-sex marriages No
Recognition of same-sex couples No
Step-child adoption by same-sex couples No
Joint adoption by same-sex couples No
Gays and lesbians allowed to serve openly in the military No
Right to change legal gender No
Access to IVF for lesbians No
Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples No

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