LGBT rights in Dominica
|LGBT rights in Dominica|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Illegal|
|10 years (buggery),|
5 years (other acts)
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Dominica face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Dominica.
According to Article 14 of the Sexual Offences Act from 1998, anyone caught perpetrating an act of gross indecency can be punished with imprisonment of up to 5 years. Article 15 punishes anal sex (regardless of whether with men or women) with a prison sentence of up to 10 years, or in some cases can lead to internment in a mental asylum. Article 16 states the punishment for attempted anal sex is imprisonment of up to 4 years.
In practice, however, while such activities are indeed perceived negatively, they are not actually prosecuted.
From 1995 to 2000, 35 people were arrested for the criminal offense of buggery.
- Ottosson, Daniel (May 2009). State-sponsored Homophobia: A world survey of laws prohibiting same sex activity between consenting adults Page 17. International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA). Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
- Spartacus International Gay Guide, page 1216. Bruno Gmunder Verlag, 2007.
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