Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Unrecognized
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Illegal
    Gender-Affirming Care
    ✔ Legal
    Non-Binary Gender Recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✖ Single only
    Intersex Infant Surgery
    Unknown
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (less than 6-month deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
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Perception of LGBTQ+ People

Survey results from 3 LGBTQ+ Equaldex users who lived in or visited Trinidad and Tobago.

Overall

Overall

Perceived Safety*

Feel safe being open
Absence of verbal harassment
Absence of threats and violence
*Survey results represent personal perceptions of safety and may not be indicative of current actual conditions.

Equal Treatment

Treatment by peers
Treatment by family
Treatment at work
Treatment at school
Treatment by general public
Treatment by businesses
Treatment by law enforcement
Treatment by religious groups

Visibility & Representation

Inclusion in education
Representation in entertainment
Representation in news
Political support
Out public figures

Culture

Pride/events
Nightlife
Dating life
Interest groups and clubs

Services

Health and wellness
Gender-affirming care
Support and social services
Advocacy and legal

History

Homosexual activity in Trinidad and Tobago

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Homosexual activity in Trinidad and Tobago is legal.

Current status
Since Apr 12, 2018
Legal
Became legal on April 12, 2018. The news is from HRC and Pink news.
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Nov 11, 1986–May 18, 2015
Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
Anal intercourse between two consenting male adults is punishable by twenty-five (25) years imprisonment.
Anal intercourse committed by a minor is punishable by five (5) years imprisonment.
Serious indecency between two adults of the same sex is punishable by five years imprisonment. ("An act of “serious indecency” is an act, other than
sexual intercourse (whether natural or unnatural), by a person
involving the use of the genital organ for the purpose of arousing
or gratifying sexual desire.")
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Until May 17, 2015
Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
Most offenses still in effect as per the 1986 law. However, the anal intercourse provision have been removed.
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Until Sep 11, 2013
Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
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Same-sex marriage in Trinidad and Tobago

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Same-sex marriage in Trinidad and Tobago is unrecognized.

Censorship of LGBT issues in Trinidad and Tobago

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Censorship of LGBT issues in Trinidad and Tobago is no censorship.

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

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Right to change legal gender in Trinidad and Tobago is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
Not currently legal.
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Gender-affirming care in Trinidad and Tobago

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Gender-affirming care in Trinidad and Tobago is legal.

Current status
Since 1999
Legal
In 1999, Trinidad and Tobago adopted the ICD-10 classification, which contains codes for diagnosing transsexualism in adulthood and childhood, which authorize the initiation of medical transition.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Trinidad and Tobago

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Trinidad and Tobago is not legally recognized.

Current status
Not legally recognized
No way to change legal gender, including to non-binary.
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LGBT discrimination in Trinidad and Tobago

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LGBT discrimination in Trinidad and Tobago is no protections.

Current status
Since Jan 31, 2001
No protections
The act explicitly states that it "does not include sexual preference or orientation" as a status which may be the basis of discrimination.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Trinidad and Tobago

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LGBT employment discrimination in Trinidad and Tobago is no protections.

Current status
Since Jan 31, 2001
No protections
The Equal Opportunity Act covers employment discrimination and explicitly states that it "does not include sexual preference or orientation" as a protected status. Gender identity is not mentioned in the act.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Trinidad and Tobago

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LGBT housing discrimination in Trinidad and Tobago is no protections.

Current status
Since Jan 31, 2001
No protections
Provision of housing is addressed by the Equal Opportunity Act which explicitly states that it "does not include sexual preference or orientation" as a protected status. Gender identity is not mentioned in the Act.
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Same-sex adoption in Trinidad and Tobago

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Same-sex adoption in Trinidad and Tobago is single only.

Current status
Since Jun 13, 1947
Single only
Spouses and single persons may adopt but the law does not recognise same-sex spouses and favours females as single adopters.
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Jun 13, 1947–Sep 7, 2018
Single only
Homosexuality got legalized in 2018. No laws in place for same sex couples.
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Intersex infant surgery in Trinidad and Tobago

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Intersex infant surgery in Trinidad and Tobago is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Serving openly in military in Trinidad and Tobago

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Serving openly in military in Trinidad and Tobago is legal.

Current status
Since Jun 1, 1962

Blood donations by MSMs in Trinidad and Tobago

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Blood donations by MSMs in Trinidad and Tobago is banned (less than 6-month deferral).

Current status
Banned (less than 6-month deferral)
According to the Ministry of Health's website, prospective donors who have had male-to-male sexual intercourse are deferred for three (3) months after their last intimate encounter.
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Until -0001
Banned (indefinite deferral)
Men who have had sex with another man are prohibited from blood donation and women who have had sex with a man who has had sex with another man are prohibited for one year from donation.
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Conversion therapy in Trinidad and Tobago

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Conversion therapy in Trinidad and Tobago is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
Conversion therapy is not banned.
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Equal age of consent in Trinidad and Tobago

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Equal age of consent in Trinidad and Tobago is equal.

Current status
Since Apr 12, 2018
Equal
Since decriminalization of homosexuality in 2018, the age of consent has been equal.
Sources:
(See sources listed for homosexual activity.)
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LGBT Rights by Region

View the LGBT laws in each individual region of Trinidad and Tobago.