LGBT rights in Tunisia

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LGBT rights in Tunisia
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Illegal
Up to 3 years imprisonment
Gender identity/expression -

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

Laws against homosexuality

Article 230 of the Penal Code of 1913 (largely modified in 1964) decrees imprisonment of up to three years for sodomy between consenting adults.[1]

Gender identity/expression

In 1993, the Appeal Court of Tunis dismissed a request by a transsexual woman to change her legal status from male to female. The judgement ruled that her sex change was a "voluntary" and "artificial" operation and could not justify a civil status change.[2]

Living conditions

While harassment by authorities and imprisonment of homosexuals is far from unknown, gays have a degree of freedom compared to nearby Libya, Egypt and Sudan, countries where accused homosexuals are routinely arrested.[3] Both gay and straight sex workers are numerous in the country and are harassed by the police. In the capital Tunis, Avenue Bourguiba is a known gay cruising spot.[4]

The Tunisian government tightly censors the internet and in addition to blocking sites containing political opposition, Tunisia also filters pornography and gay-related content.[5][6]

At least one gay man is known to have been granted asylum in the United States in 1997.

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