Homosexuality
    ✖ Male illegal, female legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Unrecognized
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    Ambiguous
    Gender-Affirming Care
    Unknown
    Non-Binary Gender Recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ Illegal in some contexts
    Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Housing Discrimination
    Ambiguous
    Adoption
    ✖ Single only
    Intersex Infant Surgery
    Unknown
    Military
    N/A
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    ✔ Banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
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History

Homosexual activity in Samoa

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Homosexual activity in Samoa is male illegal, female legal.

Current status
Since 1961
Male illegal, female legal
Up to 5 years prison. Decriminalization pending.
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Jan 1, 1961–Sep 5, 2018
Male illegal, female legal
5-7 years in prison under the crime of sodomy. Not enforced. Decriminalization pending.
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Same-sex marriage in Samoa

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Same-sex marriage in Samoa is unrecognized.

Current status
Unrecognized
Homosexuality is currently illegal.
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Censorship of LGBT issues in Samoa

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Censorship of LGBT issues in Samoa is no censorship.

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

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Right to change legal gender in Samoa is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
Samoa has a large transgender community called the fa'afafine and the fa'afatama; but unclear if legal gender changes are allowed
Sources:

ilga.org/downloads/ILGA_Wor… (page 240)
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Gender-affirming care in Samoa

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Gender-affirming care in Samoa is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Samoa

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

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

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LGBT discrimination in Samoa is illegal in some contexts.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2013
Illegal in some contexts
Only in Employment only.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Samoa

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LGBT employment discrimination in Samoa is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2013
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Under the Labour and Employment Relations Act and under hate crimes since 2017.
Sources:
Labour and Employment Relations Act


ilga.org/downloads/2017/ILG…
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LGBT housing discrimination in Samoa

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LGBT housing discrimination in Samoa is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
under sexual orientation discrimination protections through human rights institute. As well sexual orientation and gender identity under federal hate crime law.
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Same-sex adoption in Samoa

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Same-sex adoption in Samoa is single only.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2017
Single only
Under state law.
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Intersex infant surgery in Samoa

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Intersex infant surgery in Samoa is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Serving openly in military in Samoa

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Serving openly in military in Samoa is n/a.

Current status
N/A
Doesn't have military. they are protected by USA.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Samoa

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

Current status
Banned (1-year deferral)
under us blood donation laws.
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Conversion therapy in Samoa

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Conversion therapy in Samoa is banned.

Current status
Since 2007
Banned
Under Samoan law Since 2007.
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Equal age of consent in Samoa

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Equal age of consent in Samoa is equal.

Current status
Equal
Set age of consent but Homosexuality is illegal.
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LGBT Rights by District

View the LGBT laws in each individual district of Samoa.