Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Unrecognized
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Illegal
    Gender-Affirming Care
    ✔ Legal
    Non-Binary Gender Recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ Illegal in some contexts
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✖ Single only
    Intersex Infant Surgery
    Unknown
    Military
    N/A
    Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
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Public Opinion

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History

Homosexual activity in Dominica

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Homosexual activity in Dominica is legal.

Current status
Since Apr 22, 2024
Legal
Dominica legalized homosexual sex on April 22nd, 2024. The ban on gay relations was overturned after a gay man brought up certain laws to a court, which criminalized homosexual sex, and said the laws violated his constitutional rights. The court then ruled that sections 14 and 16 of the Sexual Offences Act were unconstitutional. Those sections had previously criminalized homosexual sex.
Sources:
bbc.com/news/world-latin-am…~:text=Dominica's%20High%20Court%20has%20overturned,law%20violated%20his%20constitutional%20rights.
76crimes.com/2024/04/22/ant…
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Apr 22, 1998–Apr 22, 2024
Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
Imprisonment of up to 5 years for "gross indecency" (Decriminalization pending)
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Same-sex marriage in Dominica

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Same-sex marriage in Dominica is unrecognized.

Current status
Unrecognized
Dominica does not accept the jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
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Censorship of LGBT issues in Dominica

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Censorship of LGBT issues in Dominica is no censorship.

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

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Right to change legal gender in Dominica is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
Legalization required under 2018 AICHR Ruling. No laws in place.
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Gender-affirming care in Dominica

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Gender-affirming care in Dominica is legal.

Current status
Since 2001
Legal
In 2001, Dominica 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 1979, Dominica adopted the ICD-9 classification, which included codes allowing for the diagnosis of transsexualism in adults.
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Until 1979
Banned
Medical transition is not possible
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Dominica

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

Current status
Not legally recognized
No legal recognition.
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LGBT discrimination in Dominica

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LGBT discrimination in Dominica is illegal in some contexts.

Current status
Since Sep 1, 2020
Illegal in some contexts
According to Rule 7(1) of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Sentencing Guidelines) Rules (2019), as adopted by the Commonwealth of Dominica via Statutory Instrument No. 3 (2019), Practice Direction 8E No. 1 (effective from 1 September 2020), Section 5(j) lists murder motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation as one of the exceptionally serious crimes warranting the possibility of life imprisonment for the offender.
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Until Sep 1, 2020
No protections
No Discrimination protections. Homosexuality is currently illegal.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Dominica

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LGBT employment discrimination in Dominica is no protections.

Current status
No protections
Cops laugh at people who report lgbt violence.

LGBT housing discrimination in Dominica

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LGBT housing discrimination in Dominica is no protections.

Current status
No protections
Homosexuality is illegal there.
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Same-sex adoption in Dominica

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Same-sex adoption in Dominica is single only.

Current status
Single only
Full legalization required under 2018 AICHR Ruling.
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Intersex infant surgery in Dominica

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Intersex infant surgery in Dominica is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Serving openly in military in Dominica

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Serving openly in military in Dominica is n/a.

Current status
N/A
Inapplicable since Dominica has no military.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Dominica

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Blood donations by MSMs in Dominica is legal.

Current status
Legal
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Conversion therapy in Dominica

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Conversion therapy in Dominica is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
Conversion therapy is not banned.
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Equal age of consent in Dominica

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Equal age of consent in Dominica is equal.

Current status
Since Apr 22, 2024
Equal
The ban of homosexuality got strucked down by the Supreme Court, so the age of consent is now equal.
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Until Apr 22, 2024
N/A
Homosexuality is illegal.
Sources:
(See sources listed for homosexual activity.)
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LGBT Rights by Parish

View the LGBT laws in each individual parish of Dominica.