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LGBT rights in Tajikistan

LGBT rights in Tajikistan
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal[1]
Gender identity/expression
Military service No
Family rights
Recognition of
Adoption No

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Tajikistan face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in Tajikistan, but same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex married couples.[1]


  • Legality 1
  • De facto situation 2
  • Recognition of same-sex relationships 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in Tajikistan, since 1998.[1] The age of consent is 16.[2]

De facto situation

Even though the law does not prohibit same-sex sexual activity, the actual situation in the country is not favourable for LGBT people. This is mostly due to local religion and beliefs, as well as outside influence. Much of it is from the homophobia existing within Russian and radical Islamist views. Harassment from police and the public is common.[3][4][5]

Recognition of same-sex relationships

Tajikistan does not recognize same-sex unions.

See also


  1. ^ a b c State-sponsored Homophobia A world survey of laws prohibiting same sex activity between consenting adults
  2. ^ National Laws – Legislation of Interpol member states on sexual offences against children – Tajikistan
  3. ^ Leach, Anna. "Tajikistan rife with homophobia". Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Sodiqov, Alexander. "Tajikistan Remains ‘Hell for Gays’". 
  5. ^ "UPR Submission on Sexual Rights in Tajikistan". October 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 

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