LGBT rights in Papua New Guinea

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LGBT rights in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Male illegal, female legal
Up to 14 years imprisonment (not enforced)
Gender identity/expression
Family rights

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Papua New Guinea face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Male same-sex sexual activity is prohibited by Section 210 of the Papua New Guinea Penal Code. Those caught engaging in anal sex can get punished with up to fourteen years imprisonment. Other same-sex sexual acts can be punished with up to three years imprisonment.[1] Papua New Guinea has a traditional Christian society.[2] In 2011, the government informed the United Nations that it will not decriminalise homosexuality.[3]

According to the United States Department of State, there were no reports of prosecutions in 2012 directed at LGBT persons.[4] However, the department reported that LGBT persons in 2012 were "vulnerable to societal stigmatization".[4]

LGBT persons have reported facing "discrimination in their daily lives, and often struggle to find jobs".[5] PNG former Member of Parliament Dame Carol Kidu in 2012 described gay Papua New Guineans as being forced to live lives of secrecy, and called unsuccessfully on the government to decriminalise homosexuality.[2] Prime Minister Peter O'Neill explained that there were "strong feelings" against homosexuality in the country, which was "yet to accept such sexual openness".[2]

Summary table[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity legal No For male (Penalty: Up to 14 years imprisonment; not enforced) / Yes For female
Equal age of consent No / 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

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