LGBT rights in Kuwait
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|LGBT rights in Kuwait|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Male de-facto illegal|
|Not specifically outlawed, but prosecuted under the "debauchery" law with jail time up to 6 years|
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) persons in Kuwait face challenges not experienced by non-LGBT Kuwaitis. Homosexuality is not specifically outlawed but gay people can be prosecuted under the "debauchery" law.
The penal code contains some general provisions against debauchery and immorality that can be used to punish LGBT people.
- Article 193 of the Penal Code punishes debauchery (which is interpreted by the courts to mean male homosexuality) with up to six years imprisonment.
- Article 198 prohibits "imitating the appearance of a member of the opposite sex" with fines and or imprisonment.
In 2008, cross-dressing in public became illegal. In 2016 three men were arrested for cross-dressing and had their heads shaved before being referred to the authorities for further investigation.
In 1988, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Public Health published a report on HIV infections in Kuwait, especially the person's nationality, marital status and sexual orientation. In 2004 a United Nations report on HIV in Kuwait found that about six percent of known transmission cases were the result of unprotected sexual contact between men.
In 1992, the Kuwaiti national assembly outlawed the knowing transmission of HIV to another person.
Forigners found to be infected with AIDS/HIV are deported, but Kuwaiti citizens who are infected are entitled to out patient medical care, organized by a specialised infectious disease hospital.
LGBT rights movement in Kuwait
No known association or charity exists in Kuwait to campaign for LGBT rights or organize educational and social events for the LGBT community.
In 2007, the Al Arabiya news service reported that a group of Kuwaitis had applied for a permit to form a new association that would stand up for the rights of LGBT Kuwaitis. All such interest groups or clubs have to be approved by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, which never formally replied.
|Same-sex sexual activity legal||For male (Penalty: Fine or up to 6 years imprisonment) / For female|
|Equal age of consent||For male / For female|
|Anti-discrimination laws in employment only|
|Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services|
|Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech)|
|Recognition of same-sex couples|
|Step-child adoption by same-sex couples|
|Joint adoption by same-sex couples|
|Gays and lesbians 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|
- "A survey for unrecognized HIV infection in a special STD clinic in Kuwait". Gateway.nlm.nih.gov. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
- (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20070703224611/http://data.unaids.org/Publications/Fact-Sheets01/kuwait_en.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 3, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2007. Missing or empty