LGBT rights in the Turks and Caicos Islands

LGBT rights in Turks and Caicos Islands

Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal since 2000
Gender identity/expression -
Military service UK responsibility
Discrimination protections Yes, sexual orientation only
Family rights
Recognition of

Same-sex sexual activity is legal in the Turks and Caicos Islands since 2000.[1]

Recognition of same-sex relationships

Turks and Caicos Islands does not recognise same-sex unions. Article 10 of the Constitution reads:

Every unmarried man and woman of marriageable age (as determined by or under any law) has the right to marry a person of the opposite sex and found a family.[2]

Discrimination protections

Article 16 of the Constitution bans discrimination based on sexual orientation.[2]

Summary table

Same-sex sexual activity legal (Since 2000)
Equal age of consent (Since 2000)
Anti-discrimination laws in employment (Since 2011)
Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services (Since 2011)
Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech) (Since 2011)
Same-sex marriages
Recognition of same-sex couples
Step-child adoption by same-sex couples
Joint adoption by same-sex couples
Gays and lesbians allowed to serve openly in the military UK responsible for defence
Right to change legal gender
Access to IVF for lesbians
Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples
MSMs allowed to donate blood

See also


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