Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Unrecognized
    Censorship
    ✖ State-enforced
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Illegal
    Gender-Affirming Care
    ✔ Legal
    Non-Binary Gender Recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ Illegal in some contexts
    Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✖ Single only
    Intersex Infant Surgery
    Unknown
    Military
    ✖ Lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned
    Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal with restrictions
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
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Homosexual activity in El Salvador

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Homosexual activity in El Salvador is legal.

Current status
Since Jun 15, 1974
Legal
The penal code does not mention homosexuality explicitly and thus is assumed to be legal
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Same-sex marriage in El Salvador

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Same-sex marriage in El Salvador is unrecognized.

Current status
Unrecognized
Unrecognized. Recognition of same-sex couples pending
Sources:
Fraternidad Gay sin Fronteras (NGO)
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Jan 1, 2018–Sep 6, 2018
Foreign same-sex marriages recognized only
Gay Marriage and Gay Union legalization pending.
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Censorship of LGBT issues in El Salvador

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Censorship of LGBT issues in El Salvador is state-enforced.

Current status
Since Feb 28, 2024
State-enforced
On February 28, 2024, the Minister of Education indicated that "any usage of gender ideology has been thrown out of public schools", which means it is no longer possible to teach about LGBT topics in schools.
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Until Feb 28, 2024
No censorship
In El Salvador, there are no laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.
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Right to change legal gender in El Salvador

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Right to change legal gender in El Salvador is illegal.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2017
Illegal
transgender people can change their name. sex change not legal.
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Until Jan 1, 2017
Ambiguous
Human Rights activists are still fighting for this, but there are no laws applied
Sources:
Fraternidad Gay sin Fronteras (NG)
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Gender-affirming care in El Salvador

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Gender-affirming care in El Salvador is legal.

Current status
Since 1997
Legal
In 1997, El Salvador 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 recognition of non-binary gender in El Salvador

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

Current status
Not legally recognized
El Salvador does not legally recognize non-binary identities.

LGBT discrimination in El Salvador

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LGBT discrimination in El Salvador is illegal in some contexts.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2009
Illegal in some contexts
The current legal measures against LGBT discrimination are only limited to the public administration.
Protection against LGBT discrimination in:
Health: Ministerial Agreement No. 202 (2009), Law 307 (2016).
Public empleoyment: Decree No. 56 (2010).
Clinical practice for students: Law 227 (2019)
Education: Law 431 (2022).

Hate crime law includes sexual orientation and gender identity.
Sources:
database.ilga.org/el-salvad…
database.ilga.org/api/downl…
jurisprudencia.gob.sv/busqu…
washingtonblade.com/2015/09…
web.archive.org/web/2018050…//www.asamblea.gob.sv/sites/default/files/documents/decretos/C0AB56F8-AF37-4F25-AD90-08AE401C0BA7.pdf (pages 34, 44)
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Jan 1, 20092015
Illegal in some contexts
The current legal measures against LGBT discrimination are only limited to the public administration.
Protection against LGBT discrimination in:
Health: Ministerial Agreement No. 202 (2009), Law 307 (2016).
Public empleoyment: Decree No. 56 (2010).
Clinical practice for students: Law 227 (2019)
Education: Law 431 (2022).
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LGBT employment discrimination in El Salvador

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LGBT employment discrimination in El Salvador is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Illegal to discriminate on govt. offices, by presidential decree, but not punishable
Sources:
Fraternidad Gay sin Fronteras (NGO)
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LGBT housing discrimination in El Salvador

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LGBT housing discrimination in El Salvador is no protections.

Current status
No protections
There are no legal protections against LGBT discrimination in housing.
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Same-sex adoption in El Salvador

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Same-sex adoption in El Salvador is single only.

Current status
Single only
Legal for single only
Sources:
Fraternidad Gay sin Fronteras (NGO)
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Apr 1, 2015–Sep 14, 2018
Single only
Legalization pending. Required by 2018 IACHR Ruling.
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Intersex infant surgery in El Salvador

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Intersex infant surgery in El Salvador is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Serving openly in military in El Salvador

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Serving openly in military in El Salvador is lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned.

Current status
Since Sep 1, 2018
Lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned
Legal for LGB but not for transgender
Sources:
Fraternidad Gay sin Fronteras (NGO)
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Jun 15, 1974–Sep 1, 2018
Legal
No restrictions for lgbt serving.
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Blood donations by MSMs in El Salvador

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Blood donations by MSMs in El Salvador is legal with restrictions.

Current status
Legal with restrictions
Gay and bisexual men are allowed to donate blood. Blood donation policy prohibits those who "engage in risky behaviours" from donating (people with multiple sex partners, for instance).
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Conversion therapy in El Salvador

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Conversion therapy in El Salvador is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
Not banned
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Equal age of consent in El Salvador

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Equal age of consent in El Salvador is equal.

Current status
Since Jun 15, 1974
Equal
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LGBT Rights by Department

View the LGBT laws in each individual department of El Salvador.