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 and civil unions became legal in November 2015.

In Cyprus, the socially conservative Eastern Orthodox Church has a significant influence over public opinion when it comes to LGBT-rights. However, ever since Cyprus sought membership in the European Union it has had to change its human rights legislation, including its laws regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.

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. civil unions.) Yes (since 2015)
Step-child adoption by same-sex couples Yes (since 2015)
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)