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LGBT Rights in Iraq

    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Unrecognized
    Censorship
    ✖ Imprisonment as punishment
    Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, surgery not required
    Non-binary gender recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✖ Illegal
    Military
    ✖ Illegal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✖ Unequal

According to recent survey data, there appears to be strong opposition to LGBTQ+ rights in Iraq.

History

Homosexual activity in Iraq

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Homosexual activity in Iraq is legal.

Current status
Since Jul 19, 1969
Ambiguous
Even though Iraq's Criminal Code doesn't mention homosexuality in its penal code, Articles such as 401 in the penal code can be used against LGBT community.
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Current status
Since 1969
Legal
n Iraq, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) individuals are subject to widespread discrimination. Openly gay men are not permitted to serve in the military and same-sex marriage or civil unions are illegal.[3] LGBT people do not have any legal protections against discrimination and are frequently victims of vigilante justice and honor killings.[3]
Sources:
un.org/fr/
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Same-sex marriage in Iraq

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Same-sex marriage in Iraq is unrecognized.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2003
Unrecognized
Same-sex relationships are not recognized in Iraq.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Iraq

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Iraq is imprisonment as punishment.

Current status
Imprisonment as punishment
Not known in Iraqi Kurdistan but LGBT people could be censored in Iraq under extensive public morality law namely , paragraph 215 , 220, 376, 401,402,403,404 and 408 of the Iraqi Penal code.

In August 2023, Iraq banned all media from using term "homosexuality", saying they must use "sexual deviance." The term "gender" was also banned.
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Right to change legal gender in Iraq

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Right to change legal gender in Iraq is legal, surgery not required.

Current status
Since Oct 29, 2018
Legal, surgery not required
Person applying for gender change must submit all documents and medical analyzes confirming their request, then their documents are submitted to the Ministry of the Interior, obtain the consent of the minister's office.
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Until Oct 29, 2018
Ambiguous
Unknown. Missing non binary options on documents.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Iraq

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

Current status
Not legally recognized
No recognition in Iraq
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LGBT discrimination in Iraq

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LGBT discrimination in Iraq is no protections.

Current status
No protections
According to the United States' Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012, "[Iraq] law prohibits discrimination based on race, disability, or social status, but it does not address the problem of sexual orientation or gender identity. Societal discrimination in employment, occupation, and housing based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and unconventional appearance was common."
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LGBT employment discrimination in Iraq

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LGBT employment discrimination in Iraq is no protections.

Current status
No protections
There are no employment discrimination protection for LGBT people in Iraq.

According to the United States' Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012, "[Iraq] law prohibits discrimination based on race, disability, or social status, but it does not address the problem of sexual orientation or gender identity. Societal discrimination in employment, occupation, and housing based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and unconventional appearance was common."
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LGBT housing discrimination in Iraq

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LGBT housing discrimination in Iraq is no protections.

Current status
No protections
There are no housing discrimination protection for LGBT people in Iraq.

According to the United States' Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012, "[Iraq] law prohibits discrimination based on race, disability, or social status, but it does not address the problem of sexual orientation or gender identity. Societal discrimination in employment, occupation, and housing based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and unconventional appearance was common."
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Same-sex adoption in Iraq

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Same-sex adoption in Iraq is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
No other laws in place.
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Serving openly in military in Iraq

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Serving openly in military in Iraq is illegal.

Current status
Since 2007
Illegal
The Military penal law No. 19 2007 prohibits its men from engaging Homosexual acts.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Iraq

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Blood donations by MSMs in Iraq is banned (1-year deferral).

Current status
Banned (1-year deferral)
Under recent changes.
Sources:
www.militaryblood.dod.mil/Donors/can_i_donate.aspx
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Conversion therapy in Iraq

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Conversion therapy in Iraq is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
No protections
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Equal age of consent in Iraq

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Equal age of consent in Iraq is unequal.

Current status
Since 1969
Unequal
According to the Iraq Penal Code of 1969, the age of consent is 18, however, this only applies to heterosexual sex.
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Jan 1, 1969–Sep 7, 2018
Equal
Set age of Consent for heterosexual and lgbt people.
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