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    Homosexuality
    ✖ Illegal (death penalty as punishment)
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Not legal
    Censorship
    Ambiguous
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Illegal
    Non-binary gender recognition
    Unknown
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✖ Illegal
    Military
    Unknown
    Donating Blood
    Unknown
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    N/A
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History

Homosexual activity in United Arab Emirates

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Homosexual activity in United Arab Emirates is illegal (death penalty as punishment).

Current status
Since Dec 8, 1987
Illegal (death penalty as punishment)
Article 354 means male homosexuality is punishable by death. Female homosexuality on the other hand, is not mentioned. It maybe covered under article 358 of the Penal Code which mentions indecent act.
Added by vviet93  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Dec 8, 1987–Oct 9, 2018
Male illegal, female uncertain
Article 354 of the Federal Penal Code could be Imprisonment,fines, floggings,and deportation for foreigners
In Abu Dhabi Article 80 of the Penal Code punishable by imprisonment of up to 14 years. In Dubai Article 177 of the Penal Code imposes imprisonment of up to 10 years . Not enforced .If you a travelers or foreigner you will be in jail followed by deportation or directed deportation
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Until Nov 30, -0001
Illegal (death penalty as punishment)
Imprisonment, fines, flogging, execution, deportation, chemical castration, forced psychological treatments, beatings, forced hormone injections, and torture

Same-sex marriage in United Arab Emirates

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Same-sex marriage in United Arab Emirates is not legal.

Current status
Since Dec 8, 1987
Unrecognized
Homosexuality is currently illegal.
Added by Ausyk  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log
Current status
Not legal
Same-sex marriage in the United Arab Emirates is not legal.
Added by theFahad  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Censorship of LGBT Issues in United Arab Emirates

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in United Arab Emirates is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
In United Arab Emirates access to many websites discussing LGBTQ+ topics is blocked by ISPs.
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Right to change legal gender in United Arab Emirates

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Right to change legal gender in United Arab Emirates is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
Added by theFahad  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Dec 28, 2016–Sep 5, 2018
Legal, surgery not required
they provide the surgery. it is not required. Missing non binary options on documents.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in United Arab Emirates

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in United Arab Emirates is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

LGBT discrimination in United Arab Emirates

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LGBT discrimination in United Arab Emirates is no protections.

Current status
Since Dec 2, 1971
No protections
The UAE constitution, which came into effect on December 2, 1971, does not reference any protections against discrimination on the basis of gender or sexuality.
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Dec 2, 1971–Sep 11, 2018
No protections
LGBT Arabs are showing themselves online for the first time.
Added by Ausyk  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

LGBT employment discrimination in United Arab Emirates

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LGBT employment discrimination in United Arab Emirates is no protections.

Current status
Since Dec 2, 1971
No protections
The UAE constitution, which came into effect on December 2, 1971, does not reference any protections against employment discrimination on the basis of gender or sexuality.
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LGBT housing discrimination in United Arab Emirates

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LGBT housing discrimination in United Arab Emirates is no protections.

Current status
Since Dec 2, 1971
No protections
The UAE constitution, which came into effect on December 2, 1971, does not reference any protections against housing discrimination on the basis of gender or sexuality.
Added by danlev  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Same-sex adoption in United Arab Emirates

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Same-sex adoption in United Arab Emirates is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
Added by theFahad  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Dec 2, 1971–Sep 9, 2018
Single only
Missing laws for same sex couples.
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in United Arab Emirates

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Homosexuals serving openly in military in United Arab Emirates is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Blood donations by MSMs in United Arab Emirates

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Blood donations by MSMs in United Arab Emirates is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Conversion therapy in United Arab Emirates

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Conversion therapy in United Arab Emirates is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
In 2011 Authorities subjected lgbt people to conversion therapy. From a 2011 Human rights report.
Added by Ausyk  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Equal age of consent in United Arab Emirates

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Equal age of consent in United Arab Emirates is n/a.

Current status
N/A
Homosexual activity is not legal in the United Arab Emirates.
Added by danlev  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log


LGBT Rights by Emirate

View the LGBT laws in each individual emirate of United Arab Emirates.