LGBT rights in Seychelles
|Status||Legal since 2016|
|Discrimination protections||Sexual orientation protections in employment (see below)|
|Recognition of relationships||No|
|Adoption||Married couples or single persons may adopt|
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the Seychelles face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity is legal. Employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is banned in the Seychelles, making it one of the few African countries to have such protections for LGBT people.
Legality of same-sex sexual activity
Until June 2016, Section 151 of the Penal Code banned male same-sex intercourse with up to 14 years imprisonment. Female same-sex sexual acts were not covered by Section 151 or any other criminal law of the Seychelles.
In October 2011, the Seychellois Government agreed to decriminalize same-sex sexual acts "pretty soon, as the Government and civil society want so". On 29 February 2016, the Government decided to introduce a bill to this effect. The National Assembly was expected to consider the measure within a few months. Attorney General Ronny Govinden ruled out a referendum on the issue. The bill was approved on 18 May 2016, in a 14-0 vote. It was signed into law by President James Michel on 1 June, and took effect on 7 June 2016.
Recognition of same-sex relationships
In June 2015, two men, a British national and a Seychellois national, were married at the British High Commission by Lindsay Skoll, the High Commissioner to the Seychelles.
Adoption and parenting
A married couple or a single person may adopt a child.
Section 2. In this act –
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"harassment" means any such unfriendly act, speech or gesture of one person towards another person that is based on the other person's ... sexual orientation ... as would adversely affect the other person's dignity or make that person feel threatened, humiliated or embarrassed;
Section 46A. (1) Where an employer makes an employment decision against a worker on the grounds of the worker's ... sexual orientation ..., the worker may make a complaint to the Chief Executive stating all the relevant particulars.
|Same-sex sexual activity legal||(Since 2016)|
|Equal age of consent||(Since 2016)|
|Anti-discrimination laws in employment||(Since 2006)|
|Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services|
|Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech)||(Since 2006)|
|Recognition of same-sex couples|
|Stepchild adoption by same-sex couples|
|Joint adoption by same-sex couples|
|LGBT people allowed to serve openly in the military|
|Right to change legal gender|
|Access to IVF for lesbians|
|Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples|
|MSMs allowed to donate blood|
- The Penal Code, Seychelles
- "State-sponsored Homophobia: A world survey of laws prohibiting same sex activity between consenting adults", International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, authored by Lucas Paoli Itaborahy, May 2012 Archived 21 December 2012 at WebCite :page: 34
- "Seychelles to Decriminalize Homosexuality, Other Countries Say No", care2, reported by Paul Canning, 5 October 2011
- "Seychelles' parliament to consider decriminalising homosexuality in 2016".
- "The Seychelles will make gay sex legal". Gay Star News.
- Seychelles repeals colonial-era law banning gay sex
- Act 11 of 2016 Penal Code (Amendment)
- Penal Code (Amendment) Act, 2016
- "Gay Marriage Legalities Worldwide", Gay Wedding Destinations
- First same-sex union in Seychelles takes place at British high commissioner's residence Seychelles News Agency
- "Intercountry Adoption: Seychelles", Bureau of Consular Affairs, United States Department of State, August 2009
- Employment Act, 1995[permanent dead link] :footnote: 55, page: 15