Entry #383: Homosexual activity in Jamaica

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RegionJamaica
IssueHomosexual activity
StatusMale illegal, female legal
Start Date1864
End Datenow
DescriptionFemale same-sex encounters are not explicitly outlawed. However, all individuals (male/female) are prohibited from buggery (anal sex) with another individual. Punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment with or without hard labor. (Clause 76 of source) All male-male sexual encounters are prohibited under law. Punishment of up to 7 years imprisonment with or without hard labor. (Clause 77 or source). Decriminalization pending.
Sourceshttp://www.ecc.gov.jm/Downloads/Child-Laws/The%20Offences%20Against%20the%20Person%20Act%20-%201864.pdf


Revision History (4)

Revision by Pizzaslices412653

Old Value New Value (Current)
ValueMale illegal, female uncertainMale illegal, female legal

Revision by Pizzaslices412653

Old Value New Value
NoteFemale same-sex encounters are not explicitly outlawed. However, all individuals (male/female) are prohibited from buggery (anal sex) with another individual. Punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment with or without hard labor. (Clause 76 of source) All male-male sexual encounters are prohibited under law. Punishment of up to 7 years imprisonment with or without hard labor. (Clause 77 or source)Female same-sex encounters are not explicitly outlawed. However, all individuals (male/female) are prohibited from buggery (anal sex) with another individual. Punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment with or without hard labor. (Clause 76 of source) All male-male sexual encounters are prohibited under law. Punishment of up to 7 years imprisonment with or without hard labor. (Clause 77 or source). Decriminalization pending.

Revision by LGBT_southeastasian

Old Value New Value
ValueIllegal (imprisonment as punishment)Male illegal, female uncertain

Revision by imullin01

Old Value (Original) New Value
NoteFemale same-sex encounters are not explicitly outlawed. However, all individuals (male/female) are prohibited from buggery (anal sex) with another individual. Punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment with or without hard labor. (Clause 76 of source) All male-male sexual encounters are prohibited under law. Punishment of up to 7 years imprisonment with or without hard labor. (Clause 77 or source)
Reports (3)
  • Status is not correct "It is legal for females. Delete status "
  • Status is not correct "Pretty sure being a gay female in Jamaica is legal by omission, as our laws do not speak to female/female relations, but to male/male. I am not gay so I haven't really researched it in depth, but double check. I think I'm correct."
  • Other information is incorrect "Male illegal, female legal. Up to 10 years imprisonment."

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