Compare LGBT Rights in Bahrain & Syria

Equality Index ?
36 / 100
21 / 100
Legal Index ?
30 / 100
14 / 100
Public Opinion Index ?
42 / 100
27 / 100
Homosexual activityLegal
Since 1976
Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
Since 1949
Same-sex marriageBannedBanned
Since 1949
Censorship of LGBT IssuesState-enforcedState-enforced
Since 1949
Right to change legal genderIllegal
Since 2014
Legal, but requires surgery
Since 2004
Legal recognition of non-binary genderNot legally recognizedNot legally recognized
LGBT discriminationNo protections
Since 1976
No protections
LGBT employment discriminationNo protections
Since 1976
No protections
LGBT housing discriminationNo protections
Since 1976
No protections
Since 1964
Same-sex adoptionIllegalSingle only
Serving openly in militaryUnknownDon't Ask, Don't Tell
Blood donations by MSMsBanned (indefinite deferral)Banned (indefinite deferral)
Conversion therapyNot bannedNot banned
Equal age of consentUnknownN/A
Public Opinion
Support for same-sex marriage
(ILGA / RIWI, April-June 2014)
Region not surveyed
21% Yes
56% No
Perceptions of local area as a "good place" for gay and lesbian people
(Gallup, 2013)
Region not surveyed
36% Good place
51% Not a good place
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