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LGBT Rights in Saudi Arabia

    Homosexuality
    ✖ Illegal (death penalty as punishment)
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Not legal
    Censorship
    ✖ Imprisonment as punishment
    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
    N/A
Suggest Public Opinion Data

By The Numbers

49%
of Saudi Arabians believe being LGBTI should be a crime
32%
of Saudi Arabians do not
(ILGA, 2016)
58%
of Saudi Arabians are against the legalization of gay marriage
18%
of Saudi Arabians support it
(ILGA, 2016)

History

Homosexual activity in Saudi Arabia

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Homosexual activity in Saudi Arabia is illegal (death penalty as punishment).

Current status
Illegal (death penalty as punishment)
Homosexuality is punishable by the death penalty.
Added by johnnypedro  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Illegal (death penalty as punishment)
Homosexuality is illegal
Added by theFahad  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Same-sex marriage in Saudi Arabia

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Same-sex marriage in Saudi Arabia is not legal.

Current status
Since Sep 23, 1932
Not legal
Because Homosexuality is unfortunately illegal in Saudi Arabia, same sex marriage is automatically illegal because of this
Added by theFahad  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Sep 23, 1932–Jul 13, 2018
Unrecognized
Homosexuality is illegal
Added by Ausyk  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Censorship of LGBT Issues in Saudi Arabia

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Saudi Arabia is imprisonment as punishment.

Current status
Imprisonment as punishment
In Saudi Arabia, there are laws restricting freedom of Expression . While there is not a specific law that bans freedom of expression, a prominent number of figures have been sentenced to lashings , imprisonment due to promoting LGBTQ topics.
Added by equaldex  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Right to change legal gender in Saudi Arabia

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Right to change legal gender in Saudi Arabia is illegal.

Current status
Since Sep 23, 1932
Illegal
Sharia Law forbids crossdressing.
Added by johnnypedro  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Illegal
Sharia Law prohibits crossdressing.
Added by Muhammadaji2022  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Saudi Arabia

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

Current status
Since Sep 23, 1932
Not legally recognized
Third gender is not available as crossdressing is illegal.
Added by omalpau  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

LGBT discrimination in Saudi Arabia

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LGBT discrimination in Saudi Arabia is no protections.

Current status
Since Sep 23, 1932
No protections
There are no protection from discrimination to LGBT people
Added by vviet93  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Sep 23, 1932–Jul 13, 2018
No protections
Discrimination is encouraged.
Added by Ausyk  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

LGBT employment discrimination in Saudi Arabia

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LGBT employment discrimination in Saudi Arabia is no protections.

Current status
Since Sep 23, 1932
No protections
No protections
Added by vviet93  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

LGBT housing discrimination in Saudi Arabia

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LGBT housing discrimination in Saudi Arabia is no protections.

Current status
Since Sep 23, 1932
No protections
No protections
Added by vviet93  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Same-sex adoption in Saudi Arabia

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Same-sex adoption in Saudi Arabia is illegal.

Current status
Since Sep 23, 1932
Illegal
Not legal
Added by theFahad  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Serving openly in military in Saudi Arabia

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Serving openly in military in Saudi Arabia is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
Sharia law prohibits LGBTQ+ personel to serve openly in the military.
Added by maddyksf  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Blood donations by MSMs in Saudi Arabia

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

Current status
Since Sep 23, 1932
Banned (indefinite deferral)
MSMs are not allowed to donate blood.
Added by johnnypedro  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Banned (indefinite deferral)
No laws against it but its Illegal to be LGBT in this country.
Added by omalpau  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Conversion therapy in Saudi Arabia

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Conversion therapy in Saudi Arabia is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
Not banned.
Added by Ausyk  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Equal age of consent in Saudi Arabia

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Equal age of consent in Saudi Arabia is n/a.

Current status
Since Sep 23, 1932
N/A
Homosexuality and extramarital sexual relations are illegal in Saudi Arabia.
Added by vviet93  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Until Sep 23, 1932
Unequal
Homosexuality is illegal
Added by Ro_Guy  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log


LGBT Rights by Region

View the LGBT laws in each individual region of Saudi Arabia.