Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Banned
    Censorship
    ✖ Imprisonment as punishment
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Illegal
    Gender-Affirming Care
    ✔ Legal
    Non-Binary Gender Recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✖ Illegal
    Intersex Infant Surgery
    Unknown
    Military
    Unknown
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    Unknown
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Public Opinion

Surveys in Bahrain have revealed a prevalence of resistance towards LGBTQ+ rights, but please note that is based on a small number of surveys available in Bahrain.

Bahrain Surveys

Views on Homosexuality

Of Bahraini people said that homosexuality is not justifiable
Of Bahraini people doesn't want to live next to homosexual neighbors

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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

Same-sex marriage in Bahrain

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Same-sex marriage in Bahrain is banned.

Current status
Banned
There is no legal recognition of same-sex relationships in Bahrain.
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Censorship of LGBT issues in Bahrain

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Censorship of LGBT issues in Bahrain is imprisonment as punishment.

Current status
Since Mar 20, 1976
Imprisonment as punishment
Article 355 of Bahrain's Penal Code (1976) brings about a penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine is enforced on individuals who print, import, export, own, possess, carry, or exhibit publications, drawings, pictures, films, symbols, or similar items with the intention of exploiting, distributing, or displaying them if they are deemed to contravene public morals.
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Right to change legal gender in Bahrain

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Right to change legal gender in Bahrain is illegal.

Current status
Since Jan 2, 2014
Illegal
not allowed
Sources:
no source available
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Gender-affirming care in Bahrain

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Gender-affirming care in Bahrain is legal.

Current status
Since 1997
Legal
In 1997, Bahrain adopted the ICD-10 classification, which contains codes for diagnosing transsexualism in adulthood and childhood, which authorize the initiation of medical transition.
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Legal, but restricted for minors
In 1985, Bahrain adopted the ICD-9 classification, which included codes allowing for the diagnosis of transsexualism in adults.
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Until 1985
Banned
Medical transition is not possible
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Bahrain

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Bahrain is not legally recognized.

Current status
Not legally recognized
Nonbinary, intersex, or gender nonconforming options are not available.
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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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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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Intersex infant surgery in Bahrain

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Intersex infant surgery in Bahrain is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Serving openly in military in Bahrain

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Serving openly in military in Bahrain is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Blood donations by MSMs in Bahrain

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Blood donations by MSMs in Bahrain is banned (indefinite deferral).

Current status
Banned (indefinite deferral)
not allowed
Sources:
no source available
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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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Equal age of consent in Bahrain

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Equal age of consent in Bahrain is unknown.

Until 2011
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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Current status
Unknown


LGBT Rights by Governorate

View the LGBT laws in each individual governorate of Bahrain.