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LGBT Rights in Qatar

    Homosexuality
    ✖ Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Not legal
    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
    ✖ Illegal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✖ Unequal

Public Opinion

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History

Homosexual activity in Qatar

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Homosexual activity in Qatar is illegal (imprisonment as punishment).

Current status
Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
Qatar is a conservative Muslim country and homosexuality is illegal. The law prohibits consensual same-sex sexual conduct between men but does not explicitly prohibit same-sex sexual relations between women. Non-Muslims are punished with fines and up to 7 years imprisonment, and for Muslims, they can technically be punished with the maximum being death under Sharia law. There is, however, very limited evidence that this law is enforced.

Qatar's laws and cultural norms are based on traditional gender roles and norms. Homosexuality is seen as a violation of these norms. LGBTQ+ individuals face harassment, discrimination, and violence in Qatar, and are not allowed to engage in same-sex sexual activity.

Same-sex marriage in Qatar

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Same-sex marriage in Qatar is not legal.

Current status
Since 1915
Not legal
Same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Qatar. Qatar is a conservative Muslim country and does not permit same-sex marriage or any other form of same-sex relationship. The country's laws and cultural norms heavily discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals, and homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment or fines. As a result, gay marriage is not possible or recognized in Qatar and LGBTQ+ individuals are not afforded the same rights and protections as heterosexual couples.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Qatar

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Qatar is state-enforced.

Current status
State-enforced
Qatar has very limited freedom of the press. There have been cases of publications being censored for referencing LGBTQ+ topics.

Right to change legal gender in Qatar

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Right to change legal gender in Qatar is illegal.

Current status
Since 1915
Illegal
In Qatar, trans women can be arrested for the crime of "impersonating a woman". Such individuals are often deemed to be "violating public morality" or infringing "community protection" laws and, as such, police may detain them for up to six months without trial or charge, on this suspicion. While detained, authorities attempt to enforce conformity to local social norms of male appearance by requiring physical detransition, such as surgical removal of breast tissue. Detainees are required to attend conversion "therapy" upon release, according to information received by the BBC. Qatari authorities "categorically rejected" the reports by the trans women who detailed their experiences.[17
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Qatar

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

Current status
Not legally recognized
Qatar does not have any legal recognition for non-binary individuals or any other gender identities outside of the male/female binary.
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LGBT discrimination in Qatar

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LGBT discrimination in Qatar is no protections.

Current status
Since 1915
No protections
There are no legal protections for LGBTQ+ individuals in Qatar. Qatar's laws and cultural norms heavily discriminate against LGBTQ+ people. LGBTQ+ individuals are not afforded the same rights and protections as heterosexual individuals, and they often face harassment, discrimination, and violence. In Qatar, LGBTQ+ individuals are not allowed to openly express their sexual orientation or gender identity, and they are at risk of persecution if they do so.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Qatar

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LGBT employment discrimination in Qatar is no protections.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 1915
No protections
There are no employment protections for LGBTQ+ individuals in Qatar.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Qatar

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LGBT housing discrimination in Qatar is no protections.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 1915
No protections
There are no housing protections for LGBTQ+ individuals in Qatar.
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Same-sex adoption in Qatar

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Same-sex adoption in Qatar is illegal.

Current status
Since 1915
Illegal
There are no same-sex adoption laws in Qatar. Same-sex couples are not allowed to adopt children in Qatar, and LGBTQ+ individuals are not afforded the same rights and protections as heterosexual couples when it comes to adoption and parenting.
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Serving openly in military in Qatar

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Serving openly in military in Qatar is illegal.

Current status
Since 1915
Illegal
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Blood donations by MSMs in Qatar

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Blood donations by MSMs in Qatar is banned (indefinite deferral).

Current status
Since 1915
Banned (indefinite deferral)
There are no specific laws or bans around MSMs donating blood in Qatar, however, homosexuality is illegal in the country.
Sources:
Wikipedia
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Conversion therapy in Qatar

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Conversion therapy in Qatar is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
There are now laws banning conversion therapy in Qatar. However, it is also unclear how prevalent the practice is in the country.

In October 2022, a Human Rights Watch report documented cases where transgender individuals were publicly arrested based solely on their gender identity between 2019 and 2022. The women were reportedly severely beaten and sexually harassed under police custody. As a condition of their release, these women were required to attend conversion therapy at a government-sponsored "behavioral healthcare" facility.
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Equal age of consent in Qatar

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Equal age of consent in Qatar is unequal.

Current status
Unequal
Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar.
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LGBT Rights by Municipality

View the LGBT laws in each individual municipality of Qatar.