Bahamas

AT A GLANCE

Same Sex
Relations
Legal?

YES

Legal Gender
Recognition
Possible?

NO

LGBTI Orgs
Able to
Register?

YES

Actions Related
to SOGI at
the UN

2016: Supported IE SOGI

Overview

While same-sex relations are not criminalized in the Bahamas, there are also no explicit protections for LGBTIQ people in any legislation. Police are unresponsive to LGBTIQ victims of hate crimes, resulting in an under-reporting of hate crimes and a tense relationship between LGBTIQ people and the police. The Protestant and Catholic Churches are largely opposed to recognition of the human rights of LGBTIQ people. They play a strong cultural role in the Bahamas, influencing norms around gender and sexuality. As a result, societal acceptance of LGBTIQ people is low and LGBTIQ issues are taboo. LGBTIQ people are subject to threats, violent attacks, discrimination, harassment, and social stigmatization. Despite these challenges, recently LGBTIQ people have experienced increased visibility and more acceptance, particularly in cities and among younger generations.