1976 in LGBT Rights

In 1976, there were 14 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 14 changes made and 23 in the following year. A total of 151 legal changes were made in the 1970s.

  • October 7
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Less than ten years in prison. Not enforced. Decriminalization pending.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (death penalty as punishment).
    Article 427 states homosexuality will suffer long imprisonments (along with Adultery.) In addition, article 398 states that honour killing is legal
  • July 19
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Homosexuality is currently illegal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    1 year in prison under crime of sodamy. Not enforced.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Same sex marriage is not legal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Imprisonment of up to one year is the penalty of sodomy.
  • June 11
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    * \"From\" date taken from earliest recorded specific legislation on the matter. MSM is not contemplated as a criterion for exclusion. Information regarding blood donation by MSM during the Franco dictatorship is unknown, but was probably outlawed along with the practice of homosexuality. No specific legal texts from that historical time period address the issue.
  • May 1
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Legislative repeal, effective 1976.
  • March 20
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    no laws or conditions in place restricting adoption in Bahrain. No laws in place for same sex couples.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    None are in the criminal code.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • Homosexual activity becomes ambiguous.
    Not technically illegal. but certain sections of the criminal code have been used to prosecute LGBT people.
  • Homosexual activity becomes ambiguous.
    Bahrain may consider homosexuality as "immoral", although homosexual activity is not explicitly illegal. However there has been documented cases of arrests being made towards homosexual people on virtue of them being homosexuals