LGBT rights in the Turks and Caicos Islands

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LGBT rights in Turks and Caicos Islands
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal since 2000
Gender identity/expression -
Military service UK responsibility
Discrimination protections Yes, sexual orientation only
Family rights
Recognition of

Same-sex sexual activity is legal in the Turks and Caicos Islands since 2000.[1]

Recognition of same-sex relationships[edit]

Turks and Caicos Islands does 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.[2]

Discrimination protections[edit]

Article 16 of the Constitution bans discrimination based on sexual orientation.[2]

Summary table[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity legal Yes (Since 2000)
Equal age of consent Yes (Since 2000)
Anti-discrimination laws in employment Yes (Since 2011)
Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services Yes (Since 2011)
Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech) Yes (Since 2011)
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 Yes UK responsible for defence
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

See also[edit]