LGBT rights in East Timor

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LGBT rights in East Timor
East Timor
East Timor
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal
Gender identity/expression -
Recognition of
No recognition of same-sex couples
Adoption -
Military service -
Discrimination protections None

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in East Timor may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in East Timor, but same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex married couples.

As a mostly Catholic nation, homosexuality is a taboo subject in Timorese society.

Recognition of same-sex relationships

There is no legal recognition of same-sex marriages, civil unions, or domestic partnerships.

Discrimination protections

There is no legal protection based on sexual orientation or gender identity. There was a clause against discrimantion based on sexual orientation included in the project of timorese constitution but it was voted out by 52 out of 88 MPs before the constitution took effect in 2002.[1]

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