LGBT rights in Bhutan

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LGBT rights in Bhutan
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Illegal
Recognition of
No recognition of same-sex relationships

Homosexuality is illegal in Bhutan in the penal code of Bhutan (Art. 213 & 214) and is punishable with a prison sentence from between one month to one year.[1]

There are reportedly no known cases of anyone having ever been charged with this petty misdemeanor. Little is known about gay life in Bhutan, as Bhutanese culture does not share the typical western view of heterosexuality and homosexuality. Some people have even called it an openly bisexual society, though this is disputed.[1]

Bhutan Observer, one of the country's main weekly newspapers, has written quite a few articles on LGBT issues and these articles have elicited a lot of interest among the readers, enough to place them as some of the most popular articles for the paper.[2]

Recognition of same-sex couples

Currently, Bhutan does not provide any form of legal recognition for same-sex couples.

See also


  1. Spartacus International Gay Guide, page 1216. Bruno Gmunder Verlag, 2007.


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