The ratings are:

  • Green: In line with world best-practice
  • Amber: Lagging behind world best-practice
  • Red: There’s major issues here
  • Green.
  • Same-sex sexual activity has been legal since 1975.

Is there anti-discrimination legislation in place?

  • Red.
  • There are no anti-discrimination protections in place.
  • During the most recent constitutional update (2002), the inclusion of anti-discrimination provisions was discussed but the proposal was defeated.

Is there marriage equality?

  • Red.
  • No legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

What’s it like for LGBTI who live there?

  • Amber.
  • East Timor is a socially conservative country, with the Catholic church strongly influencing public opinion.

What’s it like for LGBTI who visit?

  • Amber.
  • East Timor is a socially conservative country. Caution and discretion is required.

Overall rating and comments

  • Amber.
  • While it is not illegal to be gay in East Timor, there is a lot of work to be done in order for LGBTI people to be able to openly live their lives.

How you can help

  • Find ways to share the stories and experiences of LGBTI people in East Timor.
  • Use your networks to raise awareness of the challenges faced by LGBTI people in East Timor.