LGBT rights in Kuwait

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
LGBT rights in Kuwait Kuwait
Same-sex sexual activity legal? de-facto illegal
Not specifically outlawed, but prosecuted under the "debauchery" law with jail time up to 6 years
Family rights

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) persons in Kuwait may face challenges not experienced by non-LGBT Kuwaitis. Homosexuality is not specifically outlawed but homosexuals are prosecuted under the "debauchery" law.


Homosexuality is not specifically outlawed, but homosexuals are prosecuted under the "debauchery" law.

  • Article 193 of the Penal Code punishes debauchery 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.

HIV/AIDS issues[edit]

In 1988, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Public Health published a report on HIV infections in Kuwait,[1] 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.[2]

In 1992, the Kuwaiti national assembly outlawed the knowing transmission of HIV to another person.

LGBT rights movement in Kuwait[edit]

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 has not formally replied.

Summary table[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity legal No For male (Penalty: Fine or up to 6 years imprisonment) / Yes For female
Equal age of consent No For male / Yes For female
Anti-discrimination laws in employment only 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
MSMs allowed to donate blood No

See also[edit]