Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Banned
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Illegal
    Gender-Affirming Care
    ✔ Legal
    Non-Binary Gender Recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ Illegal in some contexts
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ Sexual orientation only
    Housing Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Adoption
    ✖ Single only
    Intersex Infant Surgery
    ✖ Not banned
    Military
    ✖ Lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
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History

Homosexual activity in Venezuela

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Homosexual activity in Venezuela is legal.

Current status
Legal
Venezuela is one of only two South American countries to never punish homosexuality since their formation as a sovereign state. (The other being Bolivia) The only cases of homosexuals being prosecuted was under the law reagrading Vagrants and Thugs, although the legislation did not specify homosexuals, authorities would occasionally apply the law on homosexual individuals who practiced prostitution with reports of re-education camps as punishment. In 1997, the Supreme Court of Justice declared this law unconstitutional.
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Same-sex marriage in Venezuela

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Same-sex marriage in Venezuela is banned.

Current status
Since Dec 30, 1999
Banned
Article 77 of the constitution states that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. It also limits de facto unions to opposite-sex couples only. Article 77 of the Constitution reads as follows:
«Marriage between a man a woman, which is based on free consent and absolute equality of rights and obligations of the spouses, is protected. A stable de facto union between a man and a woman which meets the requirements established by law shall have the same effects as marriage.»
Efforts to legalize marriage equality or civil unions in the legislatures have come and gone, with symbolic marriages being recognized in one city. These marriages were criticized as being expensive by LGBT activists, providing nothing. Some indigenous two spirit individuals are recognized by the Warao people, known as tida wena. They participated in two-spirit marriages. The relative comfort these individuals enjoyed for centuries were shattered at the beginning of Spanish settlement and prevailing norms have changed.

Censorship of LGBT issues in Venezuela

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Censorship of LGBT issues in Venezuela is no censorship.

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

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Right to change legal gender in Venezuela is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
In Venezuela, the law currently does not allow gender marker change in identification documents. Article 146 of the Civil Registry Law nominally allows the change of name based on gender but requests by transgender people are denied by the Civil Registry. In 2017, the Supreme Tribunal declared the right to gender change following medical, psychiatric and psychological examinations. With this, the judicial sector of Venezuela has been able to recognize some cases of gender change, but no proper mechanism is in place for the greater population of Venezuela.

Gender-affirming care in Venezuela

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Gender-affirming care in Venezuela is legal.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 1996
Legal
In 1996, Venezuela 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 Venezuela

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

Current status
Not legally recognized
Venezuela does not recognize genders other than male and female.
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LGBT discrimination in Venezuela

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LGBT discrimination in Venezuela is illegal in some contexts.

Current status
Since Apr 30, 2012
Illegal in some contexts
Sexual orientation is protected in various realms in Venezuela, including employment, banking, prohibition of incitement and housing. Comprehensive LGBT protections have been proposed in constitutional reforms or legislation several times but faced opposition on each attempt. Laws for LGBT protections have come and gone in the legislatures for at least two decades and progress has languished. In 2023, the national assembly approved the Draft Organic Law against all Types of Discrimination to the second stage of the legislative process and is undergoing a public consultation process.

LGBT employment discrimination in Venezuela

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LGBT employment discrimination in Venezuela is sexual orientation only.

Current status
Since Apr 30, 2012
Sexual orientation only
Labour law protects sexual minority individuals from discrimination and protections were granted based on sexual option in 1996. Gender identity is not explicitly stated however.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Venezuela

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LGBT housing discrimination in Venezuela is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since 2011
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Article 5 of the Law for the Regulation and Control of Housing Leasing, enacted in 2011, bans discrimination and provides protection to those who are especially vulnerable, or vulnerable to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, among others.
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Same-sex adoption in Venezuela

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Same-sex adoption in Venezuela is single only.

Current status
Since Nov 1, 2006
Single only
Only single parent adoption is legal.
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Intersex infant surgery in Venezuela

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Intersex infant surgery in Venezuela is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
No laws banning it in Venezuela.
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Serving openly in military in Venezuela

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Serving openly in military in Venezuela is lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned.

Current status
Since Mar 16, 2023
Lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned
The Supreme Court of Justice annulled section 565 of the Military Justice Code, which previously banned same-sex sexual activity in armed forces. The court found that the law was incompatible with the Constitution and international agreements on human rights. However, transgender people were not explicitly mentioned in the ruling.
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Until Mar 16, 2023
Don't Ask, Don't Tell
The military will not permit service to open LGBT members
Sources:
Military law in the venezuelan constitution
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Blood donations by MSMs in Venezuela

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

Current status
Since Sep 18, 2017
Banned (indefinite deferral)
MSM not allowed to donate blood.
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Conversion therapy in Venezuela

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Conversion therapy in Venezuela is not banned.

Current status
Since Feb 15, 2018
Not banned
Conversion therapy ban pending.
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Equal age of consent in Venezuela

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Equal age of consent in Venezuela is equal.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 1998
Equal
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