Homosexuality
    ✖ Male illegal, female legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Banned
    Censorship
    ✖ State-enforced
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Illegal
    Non-binary gender recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✖ Illegal
    Military
    ✖ Don't Ask, Don't Tell
    Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    Female equal, male N/A
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History

Homosexual activity in Kuwait

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Homosexual activity in Kuwait is male illegal, female legal.

Current status
Since Jun 2, 1960
Male illegal, female legal
Up to 7 years in prison for males. Legal for females. (Decriminalization pending)
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Jun 2, 1960–Jun 2, 1960
Male illegal, female legal
Imprisonment of up to 7 years. If the offender is an adult (>21) male who has sex with an individual less than 21 years old, imprisonment of up to 10 years.

For female same sexual activity is legal.
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Same-sex marriage in Kuwait

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Same-sex marriage in Kuwait is banned.

Current status
Since Jun 2, 1960
Banned
Homosexuality is currently illegal, and marriage is legally defined as an union between a man and a woman.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Kuwait

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Kuwait is state-enforced.

Current status
Since Feb 16, 2022
State-enforced
The Kuwaiti Constitutional Court has overturned Article 198 of the Penal Code, which criminalized “imitation of the opposite sex”, because it violates Article 30 of the constitution that guarantees personal freedom.

However, there's still censorship of LGBT issues under Article 21 of the Press and Publications Law (Law No. 3) (2006), which prohibits the publication of anything that would insult public morals.

This law was extended to include online publications under the Law Regulating Electronic Media (Law No. 8) (2016).

In August 2023, Kuwait and Lebanon banned the 'Barbie' movie, claiming it "promoted homosexuality."
Sources:
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/…
latimes.com/entertainment-a…
web.archive.org/web/2022021…//www.cck.moj.gov.kw/ar/news/Pages/newsdetails.aspx?newsid=28

ilga.org/downloads/ILGA_Wor… (page 155)
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Until Feb 16, 2022
Imprisonment as punishment
Mass arrests , people could be sent to deportation or imprisonment under public morality or Islamic Laws.

LGBT cinema also censored publicly.
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Right to change legal gender in Kuwait

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Right to change legal gender in Kuwait is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
Trans people are not allowed to change their legal gender.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Kuwait

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

Current status
Not legally recognized
In Kuwait, it is not possible to legally change one’s gender.
Sources:
Source possibly needed/Legal gender change is not possible
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LGBT discrimination in Kuwait

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LGBT discrimination in Kuwait is no protections.

Current status
Since Jun 2, 1960
No protections
Homosexuality is illegal there. Homosexuality is currently illegal.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Kuwait

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LGBT employment discrimination in Kuwait is no protections.

Current status
Since Jun 2, 1960
No protections
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LGBT housing discrimination in Kuwait

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LGBT housing discrimination in Kuwait is no protections.

Current status
Since Jun 2, 1960
No protections
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Same-sex adoption in Kuwait

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Same-sex adoption in Kuwait is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
Adoption is prohibited in Kuwait for everyone.
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Serving openly in military in Kuwait

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Serving openly in military in Kuwait is don't ask, don't tell.

Current status
Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Not specifically outlawed. Social convention of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" rule.
Sources:
kuwait times newspaper
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Blood donations by MSMs in Kuwait

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Blood donations by MSMs in Kuwait is legal.

Current status
Legal
No deferral.
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Conversion therapy in Kuwait

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Conversion therapy in Kuwait is not banned.

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

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Equal age of consent in Kuwait is female equal, male n/a.

Current status
Female equal, male N/A
Homosexuality is illegal for males. There is no specific age set for females.
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LGBT Rights by Governorate

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