The ratings are:
- Green: In line with world best-practice
- Amber: Lagging behind world best-practice
- Red: There’s major issues here
Is it legal to be gay?
- Same-sex sexual activity has been legal since 1975.
Is there anti-discrimination legislation in place?
- 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?
- No legal recognition of same-sex relationships.
What’s it like for LGBTI who live there?
- East Timor is a socially conservative country, with the Catholic church strongly influencing public opinion.
What’s it like for LGBTI who visit?
- East Timor is a socially conservative country. Caution and discretion is required.
Overall rating and comments
- 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.