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LGBT Rights in Cyprus

    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Civil unions
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    Ambiguous
    Non-binary gender recognition
    Unknown
    Discrimination
    ✖ Illegal in some contexts
    Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Housing Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Adoption
    ✖ Illegal
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (6-month deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    Ambiguous
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
Suggest Public Opinion Data

Public Opinion

Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors ?

Ranked #44 out of 79 regions surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)
(39%) Mentioned homosexuals
Did not mention homosexuals (58.1%)

Justifiability of homosexuality ?

Ranked #38 out of 79 regions surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)
(46.4%) Not justifiable
Justifiable (17.4%)

Opinion on same-sex couples as parents ?

Ranked #46 out of 74 regions surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)
(45.3%) Disagree
Agree (14.2%)

Perceived prevalence of discrimination against sexual orientation (European Union) ?

Ranked #24 out of 28 regions surveyed. (Source: Eurobarometer, May 2019)
(67%) Widespread
Rare (29%)

Perceived prevalence of discrimination against transgender people (European Union) ?

Ranked #20 out of 28 regions surveyed. (Source: Eurobarometer, May 2019)
(54%) Widespread
Rare (32%)

Acceptance of same-sex relationships (European Union) ?

Ranked #22 out of 28 regions surveyed. (Source: Eurobarometer, May 2019)
(55%) Disagree
Agree (40%)

Support for transgender people changing legal gender (European Union) ?

Ranked #18 out of 28 regions surveyed. (Source: Eurobarometer, May 2019)
(39%) No
Yes (42%)

Perceived Acceptance of Gay People ?

Ranked #48 out of 119 regions surveyed. (Source: Gallup, 2013)
(50%) Not a good place
Good place (34%)

History

Homosexual activity in Cyprus

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Homosexual activity in Cyprus is legal.

Current status
Since May 21, 1998
Legal
Homosexuality legalised following the European Court of Human Rights case of Modinos v. Cyprus.
Sources:
hudoc.echr.coe.int/sites/en…"dmdocnumber":["695711"],"itemid":["001-57834"]}
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Same-sex marriage in Cyprus

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Same-sex marriage in Cyprus is civil unions.

Current status
Since Dec 9, 2015
Civil unions
On 26 November 2015, a civil union bill was passed by the House of Representatives with 39 in favour, 12 against and 3 abstentions. The law was published on 9 December 2015, and took effect that same day.
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Until Dec 8, 2015
Unrecognized
Nationwide.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Cyprus

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Cyprus is no censorship.

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

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Right to change legal gender in Cyprus is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
In November 2017, President Nicos Anastasiades met advocacy group Accept-LGBT Cyprus to discuss issues concerning transgender rights. A bill to allow transgender people to change their legal sex has been drafted, with the support of the President and the Justice Minister. On 10 June 2019, following months of stalling and delay, four parents of transgender children spoke in favor of the bill and urged for its "speedy adoption". The legislation would allow transgender people over 18 to right to change their legal gender on the basis of self-determination, without a diagnosis, hormonal treatment or sex reassignment surgery. Currently, a bill is in the works for gender change to be legal with the requirement that the applicant is unmarried.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Cyprus

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Cyprus is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

LGBT discrimination in Cyprus

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LGBT discrimination in Cyprus is illegal in some contexts.

Current status
Since Oct 10, 2013
Illegal in some contexts
Until 2013 discrimination was only illegal in the workplace.
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Until Oct 10, 2013
Illegal
Discrimination is illegal in Cyprus.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Cyprus

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LGBT employment discrimination in Cyprus is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2014
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Sexual orientation only in Northern Cyprus.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Cyprus

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LGBT housing discrimination in Cyprus is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Discrimination in all cases are illegal
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Same-sex adoption in Cyprus

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Same-sex adoption in Cyprus is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
Illegal
Sources:
Not allowed
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Serving openly in military in Cyprus

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Serving openly in military in Cyprus is legal.

Current status
Since May 1, 2004
Legal
LGBT people are allowed to serve openly under new rules brought into place when Cyprus joined the European Union
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Until Apr 30, 2004
Illegal
Illegal due to the Ministry of Defence viewing homosexuality as mental illness.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Cyprus

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Blood donations by MSMs in Cyprus is banned (6-month deferral).

Current status
Since 2022
Banned (6-month deferral)
MSMs face a 6-month deferral in order to donate blood.
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Until 2022
Banned (1-year deferral)
MSMs face a 1-year deferral in order to donate blood.
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Conversion therapy in Cyprus

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Conversion therapy in Cyprus is ambiguous.

Current status
Since Apr 2022
Ambiguous
In April 2022, a lawmaker introduced a bill to criminally ban conversion therapy.
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Until Jan 2022
Ambiguous
In April 2022, a lawmaker introduced a bill to criminally ban conversion therapy.
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Until -0001
Not banned
Conversion therapy ban pending. Fined though.
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Equal age of consent in Cyprus

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Equal age of consent in Cyprus is equal.

Current status
Since Jul 11, 2002
Equal
The revised Criminal Code equalised the age of consent to 17, after pressure from the EU.
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May 21, 1998–Jul 10, 2002
Unequal
Age of consent for homosexual couples set at 18 versus 16 for heterosexual couples.
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