What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Bahrain?
Progress has been made in Bahrain, in terms of LGBTQ equality, but significant challenges remain.
Let’s take a look at some of the key indicators for queer people living in Bahrain.
Is homosexuality legal in Bahrain?
Bahrain’s prohibition on homosexuality was imported from the United Kingdom, who colonised the country.
Bahrain decriminalised homosexuality in 1976.
The age-of-consent for same-sex sexual encounters is set at 21.
Are there anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in Bahrain?
There are no anti-discrimination protections that protect LGBTQ people from discrimination based on their sexuality.
Is there Marriage Equality in Bahrain?
There is no legal recognition of same-sex relationships.
What’s life like for LGBTQ people living in Bahrain?
Bahrian is a socially conservative country, and homosexuality is seen as a taboo topic.
Homophobia is systemic in Bahrain, and authorities continue to use immorality provisions within law to police and discourage any same-sex sexual activity.
Immorality laws are also used to censor information about LGBTQ related topics.
Most people are forced to conceal their sexuality.
It’s difficult for LGBTQ people to visit Bahrain without completely concealing their sexuality.