LGBT rights in the Faroe Islands
|LGBT rights in the Faroe Islands|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Legal since 1933,|
age of consent equalized in 1988
|Gender identity/expression||Transsexual persons allowed to change legal gender|
|No recognition of same-sex couples|
|Military service||Gays and lesbians allowed to serve openly|
|Discrimination protections||Sexual orientation protections|
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the Faroe Islands may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in the Faroe Islands, 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.
Former laws against homosexuality
Homosexuality has been legal in the Faroe Islands since 1933 when it was decriminalized in Denmark. At that time the age of consent was set at 18 for same-sex relations. Then in 1988, the age of consent became gender-neutral and equal at 15.
Recognition of same-sex relationships
The Faroe Islands does not recognize same-sex unions.
Discrimination protections and hate crimes
Discrimination against gays and lesbians on the islands is rare but became a hot topic in September 2006 after Rasmus Rasmussen, a 25-year-old openly gay musician and popular radio host, allegedly was assaulted by five men in TÃ³rshavn, the capital. Police were reluctant to investigate the case as a hate crime, saying discrimination against gays was not illegal on the Faroes, at that time.
On 15 December 2006, in a 17-15 vote, Faroese legislators included the words "sexual orientation" in the islands' anti-discrimination law Â§266b.
- Faroe Pride
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