Is it legal to be gay?
- It’s legal to be gay, and have same-sex sexual activity.
- Since 2007, the age of consent has been the same for gay and straight sex.
Is there anti-discrimination legislation in place?
- There is no form of anti-discrimination protection for LGBTI people.
Is there marriage equality?
- There is no legal recognition of same-sex relationships in any form.
- In 2013, the Minister for Internal Affairs issued a statement confirming that same-sex marriages were not to be performed by pastors in Vanuatu.
What’s it like for LGBTI who live there?
- There is no active gay scene in Vanuatu, and Vanuatu is a socially conservative country.
What’s it like for LGBTI who visit?
- Caution should be exercised.
- As a socially conservative country, public displays of affection should be avoided, and you should be discrete when booking accommodation as a same-sex couple.
- While being gay is not illegal in Vanuatu, as a socially conservative country it remains a fairly restrictive environment for LGBTI people.
- Anti-discrimination provisions need to be the next step in order to enable LGBTI people to have more confidence to live more openly.
How you can help
- Find ways to help publicise the stories and experiences of LGBTI people in Vanuatu.
- Use your networks to raise awareness of the improving situation for LGBTI people in Vanuatu, and the work that still needs to be done.
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