What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Aruba?
Compared to other countries in the Caribbean, Aruba is a relatively good place to live for LGBTQ people.
Attitudes to LGBTQ people in Aruba are primarily shaped by the country’s history. Aruba is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands – one of the world’s best places in terms of LGBTQ equality.
Is it legal to be gay in Aruba?
Yes. Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Aruba.
The age of consent is 15 and is equal for both heterosexual and homosexual intercourse.
Is there Marriage Equality in Aruba?
There is legal recognition for same-sex partnerships, but not Marriage Equality for LGBTQ people in Aruba.
As part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba must recognise as valid same-sex marriages registered in the Netherlands, but same-sex couples can’t get married in Aruba.
Is there anti-discrimination protection for LGBTQ people in Aruba?
Yes. Comprehensive anti-discrimination and hate-crime protections for LGBTQ people are documented in Aruba’s legislative framework.
Is Aruba a good destination for LGBTQ visitors?
Aruba markets itself as an LGBTQ-friendly destination. In the capital of Oranjestad, there are a number of bars and hotels that cater specifically for the gay market.
There are a number of LGBTQ associations and networks in Aruba to support local LGBTQ people.
However, Aruba is still a relatively socially-conservative place. The population is quite religious. Public displays of affection between same-sex couples would probably be unwise.