LGBT rights in Dominica

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LGBT rights in Dominica
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Illegal[1]
10 years (buggery),
5 years (other acts)[1]
Gender identity/expression -

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[1] 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.[2] 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.[2]

In practice, however, while such activities are indeed perceived negatively[3], they are not actually prosecuted.

From 1995 to 2000, 35 people were arrested for the criminal offense of buggery.[4]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Spartacus International Gay Guide, page 1216. Bruno Gmunder Verlag, 2007.
  3. Gay Travel Blog


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