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LGBT Rights in Belize

    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Unrecognized
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Illegal
    Non-binary gender recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✖ Single only
    Military
    Ambiguous
    Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal

Public Opinion

Recent surveys in Belize have revealed a mixed response towards LGBTQ+ rights and issues, based on a limited set of sources.

Belize Surveys

(UNAids, 2013)
of Belizeans would accept someone who is gay or homosexual
of Belizeans would tolerate someone who is gay or homosexual.

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History

Homosexual activity in Belize

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Homosexual activity in Belize is legal.

Current status
Since Aug 10, 2016
Legal
Just got legalized.
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Jan 1, 2003–Aug 10, 2016
Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
The Section 53 of the Belize Criminal Code states that all kinds of sexual acts, except for the natural sex, are illegal. People found guilty are liable for a 10-year imprisonment. "Every person who has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any person ... shall be liable to imprisonment for 10 years." Moreover, homosexual immigrants are prohibited an entry to the country.
Sources:
belizelaw.org/web/lawadmin/… (Section 53)
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Same-sex marriage in Belize

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Same-sex marriage in Belize is unrecognized.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2003
Unrecognized
The legal system in Belize does not recognise same sex marriages or civil unions.
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Jan 1, 2003–Sep 8, 2018
Foreign same-sex marriages recognized only
Latin American court ruled that all countries in Latin America have to legalize Gay Marriage. Gay marriage pending. Under 2018 IACHR Ruling.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Belize

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Belize is no censorship.

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

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Right to change legal gender in Belize is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
Full legalization required under 2018 IACHR ruling. Legalization pending.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Belize

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

Current status
Not legally recognized
No way to change legal gender, including to non-binary.
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LGBT discrimination in Belize

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LGBT discrimination in Belize is no protections.

Current status
No protections
Laws in force in Belize do not offer protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
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LGBT employment discrimination in Belize

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LGBT employment discrimination in Belize is no protections.

Current status
No protections
Laws in force in Belize do not offer protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
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LGBT housing discrimination in Belize

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LGBT housing discrimination in Belize is no protections.

Current status
No protections
Laws in force in Belize do not offer protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Same-sex adoption in Belize

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Same-sex adoption in Belize is single only.

Current status
Single only
No laws in place for same sex couples.
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Serving openly in military in Belize

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Serving openly in military in Belize is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
There are no explicit legal provisions that allow or restrict LGBT people from serving openly in the military
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Blood donations by MSMs in Belize

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Blood donations by MSMs in Belize is legal.

Current status
Legal
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Conversion therapy in Belize

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Conversion therapy in Belize is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
According to the ILGA World, there's no ban on conversion therapy in Belize.
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Equal age of consent in Belize

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Equal age of consent in Belize is equal.

Current status
Since Aug 10, 2016
Equal
got equalized when the supreme court struck down the sodomy law.
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LGBT Rights by District

View the LGBT laws in each individual district of Belize.