LGBT rights in Nauru
|LGBT rights in Nauru|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Legal since 2016|
|Military service||Has no military|
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people living in Nauru face legal and social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT persons. Same-sex sexual activity is legal since May 2016, but there are no legal recognition of same-sex unions, protections against discrimination, or other protections.
Same-sex sexual activity was criminalised in 1921 when the island adopted the Criminal Code of Queensland (the Criminal Code 1899), which was retained following Nauruan independence in 1968.
In January 2011, Mathew Batsiua, Minister for Health, Justice and Sports, stated that the decriminalisation of "homosexual activity between consenting adults" was "under active consideration". In October 2011, the government pledged to decriminalise same-sex sexual acts.
According to the United States Department of State, there were no reports in 2012 of prosecutions directed at LGBT persons.
In May 2016, the Parliament of Nauru passed the Crimes Act 2016 which repealed the Criminal Code 1899 and therefore legalised same-sex sexual activity.
|Same-sex sexual activity legal||(Since 2016)|
|Equal age of consent|
|Anti-discrimination laws in employment only|
|Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services|
|Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (Incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech)|
|Recognition of same-sex couples|
|Step-child adoption by same-sex couples|
|Joint adoption by same-sex couples|
|Gays and lesbians allowed to serve openly in the military||Has no military|
|Right to change legal gender|
|Access to IVF for lesbians|
|Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples|
|MSMs allowed to donate blood|
- Nauru, one of the smallest countries in the world, decriminalizes gay sex
- "Nauru Government Stats". Retrieved 27 July 2015.
- [rtsp://webcast.un.org/ondemand/conferences/unhrc/upr/10th/hrc110124am1-eng.rm?start=00:04:37&end=00:23:22 Address by Mathew Batsiua] to the United Nations Human Rights Council, January 24, 2010
- National Report of Nauru to the Human Rights Council, November 2010
- "Nauru". Retrieved 27 July 2015.
- "São Tomé and Príncipe to legalise gay sex". PinkPaper. 2011-02-14. Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. "Refworld - 2012 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Nauru". Refworld. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
- Nauru Government updates Criminal Code
- Nauru decriminalises homosexuality
- Homosexuality is now no longercriminalised on Nauru
- Crimes Act 2016
- Doherty, Ben (2016-05-29). "Nauru decriminalises homosexuality and suicide". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Nauru.|