LGBT rights in Tunisia
|LGBT rights in Tunisia|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Illegal|
|Up to 3 years imprisonment|
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.
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.
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. 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.
At least one gay man is known to have been granted asylum in the United States in 1997.
- Behind The Mask website: Tunisia
- Human Rights Watch, "In a Time of Torture: The Assault on Justice In Egyptâ€™s Crackdown on Homosexual Conduct", March 2004, ISBN 1564322963
- Tunisia Sex Guide at gayegypt.com
- OpenNet Initiative, "Internet Filtering in Tunisia in 2005: A Country Study"
- BBC News, "Tunisian internet crackdown", 18 Feb 2003
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