LGBT rights in Turkmenistan

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LGBT rights in Turkmenistan Turkmenistan
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Male illegal
Female legal[1]
up to 2 years

Male homosexuality is illegal in Turkmenistan and is punished by imprisonment for the term of up to two years.[1]

Criminal Code of 1997 (Effective 1 January 1998)

Article 135. Sodomy

"(1) Sodomy, that is the sexual relations of the man with the man, is punished by imprisonment for the term 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

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