LGBT rights in Kazakhstan

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LGBT rights in Kazakhstan
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal
Gender identity/expression -
Recognition of
No recognition of same-sex relationships
Adoption -
Military service -

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Kazakhstan may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in Kazakhstan, 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.

Laws against homosexuality

Kazakhstan has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18 for all.

Recognition of same-sex relationships

No recognition with respect to same-sex marriage or civil unions is currently legal.

Living conditions

It was only in 1991 that the first gay group in Kazakhstan was founded. Male homosexuality was then illegal, and the group was subject to violence and threats at the hands of the Ministry of the Interior. The group however successfully campaigned for the repeal of the law prohibiting male homosexuality.

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