LGBT rights in Cyprus

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Cyprus may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Cyprus, but households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples.

Legislative summary[change | change source]

Same-sex sexual activity legal Yes (since 1998)
Equal age of consent Yes (since 2002)
Anti-discrimination laws in employment only Yes (since 2004)
Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services Yes (since 2013)
Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech) Yes (since 2013)
Recognition of same-sex couples (e.g. registered partnership or civil union, etc) No (civil union bill pending)
Step-child adoption by same-sex couples No
Gays and lesbians allowed to serve openly in the military No
Right to change legal gender No
Access to IVF for lesbians No
MSMs allowed to donate blood No
Joint adoption by same-sex couples No
Same-sex marriages No
Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples No (banned for opposite-sex couples also)