LGBT rights in Turkmenistan

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StatusMale illegal
Female legal[1]
up to 2 years in prison

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Turkmenistan face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Male homosexuality is illegal in Turkmenistan and is punished by imprisonment for a term of up to two years.[1]

Law regarding same-sex sexual activity[edit]

Criminal Code of 1997 (Effective 1 January 1998)

Chapter 18: Crimes against morality

Section 135: Homosexual acts

"(1) Homosexual acts, i.e. sexual intercourse between men, shall be punished with a term of imprisonment of up to two years."[1]

Summary table[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity legal No For male (penalty: up to 2 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 Emblem-question.svg
Right to change legal gender No
Access to IVF for lesbians No
Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples No
MSM allowed to donate blood No

See also[edit]