LGBT rights in Kyrgyzstan

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LGBT rights in Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan
Same-sex sexual intercourse legal status Legal since 1998[1]
Discrimination protections No
Family rights
Recognition of
No (same-sex marriage banned since 2016)

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Kyrgyzstan face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Kyrgyzstan, but same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples are ineligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex married couples.[1]

Law regarding same-sex sexual activity[edit]

Consensual sexual acts between persons of the same sex have been legal in Kyrgyzstan since 1998.[1] As of 2014, a bill before the legislature proposes to criminalise expression which creates “a positive attitude toward non-traditional sexual relations, using the media or information and telecommunications networks.”[2]

Summary table[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity legal Yes (Since 1998)
Equal age of consent Yes (Since 1998)
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 (Constitutionally banned since 2016)
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 Emblem-question.svg
Right to change legal gender Yes[3]
Access to IVF for lesbians No
Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples No
MSMs allowed to donate blood No

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