LGBT rights in Libya

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LGBT rights in Libya
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Illegal
5 years imprisonment
Gender identity/expression -
Recognition of
No recognition of same-sex relationships
Military service No
Discrimination protections None

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

Laws against homosexuality

Homosexuality is illegal and can be punished according to article 407/4 with up to 5 years imprisonment. Article 408 (amended by Article VIII/2) punishes both parties for "indecent acts".[1]

Living conditions

Due to both legal and social reasons, many homosexuals decide to stay in the closet. Many emigrate from Libya to live in more liberal places like the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, France or the United States.

See also


  1. Spartacus International Gay Guide, page 1217. Bruno Gmunder Verlag, 2007.

External links


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