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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in East Timor may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in East Timor, 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]

Recognition of same-sex unions[edit]

There is no legal recognition of same-sex unions.Template:Fact

Discrimination protections[edit]

There is no legal protection based on sexual orientation or gender identity. There was a clause against discrimination based on sexual orientation included in the original draft of the Timorese Constitution but it was voted out by 52 out of 88 MPs before the constitution took effect in 2002.[2]

See also[edit]


HIV-AIDS and Homophobia in Timor-Leste

Timor Leste Red Cross excludes homosexuals from HIV-AIDS Reduction Program

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  2. Sexual Orientation Clause Removed From Constitution