LGBT rights in Kyrgyzstan

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LGBT rights in Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan
LocationKyrgyzstan.png
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal since 1998[1]
Discrimination protections No
Family rights
Recognition of
relationships
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 is 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]

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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