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Same-sex Relations for Men Legal Throughout the Country?


Same-sex Relations for Women Legal Throughout the Country?


Legal Gender Recognition Possible?


LGBTI Orgs Able to Register?


Actions Related to SOGI at the UN:

2016: Opposed IE SOGI


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LGBTIQ people in Morocco face significant legal and societal barriers. Article 489 of the Penal Code makes same-sex relations punishable with up to three years in prison. Although this law does not explicitly mention transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, law enforcement officials often conflate gender identity with sexual orientation and, as such, the law is also used to criminalize gender expression and identity that does not conform with the assigned norm. The visibility and activism of LGBTIQ individuals have increased in recent years, giving rise to increased backlash. The backlash has resulted in heightened levels of rhetoric about “traditional values,” positioning LGBTIQ people as a threat to such values. Hate speech by public officials and religious leaders perpetuates misinformation and fear-mongering and contributes to police blackmail, intimidation, and even imprisonment. In 2020, a campaign of online harassment and outing of LGBTIQ people was initiated. Swarms of people created fake accounts on dating sites and apps and proceeded to identify and expose gay and bisexual men.  

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Sub-Saharan Africa

Outright supports LGBTIQ organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa and works with mainstream human rights organizations to respect human rights and influence positive changes in laws, policies, attitudes, and beliefs that cause discrimination against LGBTIQ people on the continent.

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United Nations

Our work at the United Nations centers around advocating for the advancement of the rights of LGBTIQ people.

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Our work in Asia promotes acceptance of sexual and gender diversity at all levels of society.

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Middle East and North Africa

In the Middle East and North Africa, we partner with local groups in various countries as part of our international solidarity work. We also work with our local partners on different topics through capacity building, advocacy, research and holistic security.

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Europe and Central Asia

Outright International partners with activists to fight for an end to human rights violations based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in Europe and Central Asia, where most of our work involves emergency responses to harassment, discrimination, violence, and most recently, Russia’s brutal and expanded invasion of Ukraine.

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Our work in the Americas continues to build on the fundamental and positive transformation of human rights protections in recent years. We partner with groups in the Caribbean that focus on ending gender-based violence and eradicating discrimination against trans people.

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Our work in the Pacific aims to increase visibility of activists, respond to human rights emergencies, and actively bridge local, regional and international activism to achieve equality and justice.

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