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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the Seychelles face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity has been legal since 2016, and employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is banned in the Seychelles, making it one of the few African countries to have such protections for LGBT people. However, LGBT people may nonetheless face stigmatization among the broader population.

LocationSeychelles.png
StatusLegal since 2016
Gender identityNo
MilitaryNo
Discrimination protectionsSexual orientation protections in employment (see below)
Family rights
Recognition of relationshipsNo
AdoptionNo

Legality of same-sex sexual activityEdit

Until June 2016, Section 151 of the Penal Code banned male same-sex intercourse with up to 14 years imprisonment.[1] Female same-sex sexual acts were not covered by Section 151 or any other criminal law of the Seychelles.[2]

In October 2011, the Seychellois Government agreed to decriminalize same-sex sexual acts "pretty soon, as the Government and civil society want so".[3] On 29 February 2016, the Government decided to introduce a bill to this effect. The National Assembly was expected to consider the measure within a few months. Attorney General Ronny Govinden ruled out a referendum on the issue.[4][5] The bill was approved on 18 May 2016, in a 14-0 vote.[6] It was signed into law by President James Michel on 1 June, and took effect on 7 June 2016.[7][8]

Recognition of same-sex relationshipsEdit

The Seychelles does not recognize same-sex marriage or same-sex civil unions.[9]

In June 2015, two men, a British national and a Seychellois national, were married at the British High Commission by Lindsay Skoll, the High Commissioner to the Seychelles.[10]

Discrimination protectionsEdit

The Employment Act, 1995 (French: Loi de 1995 sur l'emploi) prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This prohibition was added to the act in 2006.[2] The Act provides as follows:[11]

Section 2. In this act –

* * * *

"harassment" means any such unfriendly act, speech or gesture of one person towards another person that is based on the other person's ... sexual orientation ... as would adversely affect the other person's dignity or make that person feel threatened, humiliated or embarrassed;

Section 46A. (1) Where an employer makes an employment decision against a worker on the grounds of the worker's ... sexual orientation ..., the worker may make a complaint to the Chief Executive stating all the relevant particulars.

Summary tableEdit

Same-sex sexual activity legal   (Since 2016)
Equal age of consent   (Since 2016)
Anti-discrimination laws in employment   (Since 2006)
Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services  
Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech)   (Since 2006)
Same-sex marriages  
Recognition of same-sex couples  
Stepchild adoption by same-sex couples  
Joint adoption by same-sex couples  
LGBT people allowed to serve openly in the military  
Right to change legal gender  
Access to IVF for lesbians  
Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples  
MSMs allowed to donate blood  

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Penal Code, Seychelles
  2. ^ a b "State-sponsored Homophobia: A world survey of laws prohibiting same sex activity between consenting adults", International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, authored by Lucas Paoli Itaborahy, May 2012 Archived 21 December 2012 at WebCite :page: 34
  3. ^ ""Seychelles to Decriminalize Homosexuality, Other Countries Say No", care2, reported by Paul Canning, 5 October 2011". Archived from the original on 16 June 2016. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Seychelles' parliament to consider decriminalising homosexuality in 2016".
  5. ^ "The Seychelles will make gay sex legal". Gay Star News.
  6. ^ Seychelles repeals colonial-era law banning gay sex
  7. ^ Act 11 of 2016 Penal Code (Amendment)
  8. ^ Penal Code (Amendment) Act, 2016
  9. ^ "Gay Marriage Legalities Worldwide", Gay Wedding Destinations
  10. ^ First same-sex union in Seychelles takes place at British high commissioner's residence Seychelles News Agency
  11. ^ Employment Act, 1995[permanent dead link] :footnote: 55, page: 15