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    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Not legal
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, but requires surgery
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Military
    Unknown
    Adoption
    ✖ Illegal
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
    Donating Blood
    Ambiguous
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
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History

Homosexual activity in Bahrain

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Homosexual activity in Bahrain is legal.

Current status
Since Mar 20, 1976
Legal
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

Mar 20, 1976–Sep 8, 2018
Ambiguous
Not technically illegal. but certain sections of the criminal code have been used to prosecute LGBT people.
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Same-sex marriage in Bahrain

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Same-sex marriage in Bahrain is not legal.

Current status
Not legal
There is no legal recognition of same-sex relationships in Bahrain.
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Jan 1, 1976–Sep 8, 2018
Unrecognized
No such laws outlawing or criminalizing gay couples.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Bahrain

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Bahrain is no censorship.

Current status
No censorship
In Bahrain, there are no laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.
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Right to change legal gender in Bahrain

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Right to change legal gender in Bahrain is legal, but requires surgery.

Current status
Since Jan 2, 2014
Legal, but requires surgery
As of 2014, Bahrain allows sex change surgeries.
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LGBT discrimination in Bahrain

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LGBT discrimination in Bahrain is no protections.

Current status
Since Mar 20, 1976
No protections
None are in the criminal code.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Bahrain

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LGBT employment discrimination in Bahrain is no protections.

Current status
Since Mar 20, 1976
No protections
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LGBT housing discrimination in Bahrain

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LGBT housing discrimination in Bahrain is no protections.

Current status
Since Mar 20, 1976
No protections
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Bahrain

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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Bahrain is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Same-sex adoption in Bahrain

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Same-sex adoption in Bahrain is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
According to The Ministry of Islamic and Justice Affairs, adoption is not possible in Bahrain.
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Equal age of consent in Bahrain

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Equal age of consent in Bahrain is equal.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 1976
Equal
Age of consent for same sex acts is 21
Sources:
Refugee legal aid information website - refugeelegalaidinformation.…
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Jan 1, 19762019
Equal
A Penal Code was enacted in 1976 which decriminalized same-sex activities. It also stated that the age of consent for same-sex activities would be the same as heterosexuals at 21 years old.
Sources:
refworld.org/pdfid/598311a44.pdf

STATE-SPONSORED HOMOPHOBIA
A WORLD SURVEY OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION LAWS:
CRIMINALISATION, PROTECTION AND RECOGNITION Page 35
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Jan 1, 1976–Sep 6, 2018
Equal
age of consent is set at 21.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Bahrain

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Blood donations by MSMs in Bahrain is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
No data
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Conversion therapy in Bahrain

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Conversion therapy in Bahrain is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
Not criminalized anywhere in the middle east.
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