LGBT rights in the Turks and Caicos Islands
|LGBT rights in Turks and Caicos Islands|
|Same-sex sexual intercourse legal status||Legal since 2001|
|Military service||UK responsibility|
|Discrimination protections||Yes, sexual orientation only|
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the British Overseas Territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity has been legal in the Turks and Caicos Islands since 2001, and discrimination based on sexual orientation is constitutionally banned. Nevertheless, same-sex couples are unable to marry or jointly adopt.
Legality of same-sex sexual activtiy
The law received considerable local media coverage. The two largest newspapers (one of each belongs to the two largest political parties) described the law as "an affront to our country" and "the sissy law".
Recognition of same-sex relationships
The Turks and Caicos Islands do not recognise same-sex unions. Article 10 of the Constitution reads:
- Every unmarried man and woman of marriageable age (as determined by or under any law) has the right to marry a person of the opposite sex and found a family.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are considered a save destination for LGBT tourists. LGBT people tend to face no discrimination issues in resorts and very touristic areas. Most Turks and Caicos inhabitants are quite tolerant of same-sex relationships. Several gay-themed cruise ships have also been allowed to port in the islands.
There are no known gay rights organisations in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Several government education programmes on HIV/AIDS have reached out to gay men, though.
Homophobia in the Turks and Caicos Islands is mostly church-based. Following the passage of Proposition 8 in California, several religious preachers called on same-sex marriage to be constitutionally banned in island law. Religious groups have also opposed greater awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS, erroneously claiming that straight men and women cannot get infected.
|Same-sex sexual activity legal||(Since 2001)|
|Equal age of consent||(Since 2001)|
|Anti-discrimination laws in employment||(Since 2011)|
|Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services||(Since 2011)|
|Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech)||(Since 2011)|
|Recognition of same-sex couples|
|Stepchild adoption by same-sex couples|
|Joint adoption by same-sex couples|
|LGBT people allowed to serve openly in the military||(UK responsible for defence)|
|Right to change legal gender|
|Access to IVF for lesbians|
|Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples||(Banned for heterosexual couples as well)|
|MSMs allowed to donate blood|
- Politics of the Turks and Caicos Islands
- British overseas territories
- LGBT rights in the Commonwealth of Nations
- LGBT rights in the Americas
- LGBT rights by country or territory
- LGBT rights in the United Kingdom
- State-sponsored Homophobia A world survey of laws prohibiting same sex activity between consenting adults Archived 19 July 2013 at WebCite
- "Caribbean Territories (Criminal Law) Order, 2000" (PDF). Retrieved 27 May 2018.
- "Being Gay in Turks & Caicos Islands". www.globalgayz.com. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
- "The Turks and Caicos Islands Constitution Order 2011" (PDF). Government of United Kingdom (legislation.gov.uk). Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- "Gay Guide to Turks and Caicos - GayTravel Guide for LGBTQ Travelers — Gay Bars & Clubs, Gay Friendly Hotels, Cruises, Tours, Events, Beaches, Weddings, Deals & Reviews". www.gaytravel.com. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
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