Grenada

At a glance

Same Sex
Relations
Legal?

NO

Legal Gender
Recognition
Possible?

NO

LGBTI Orgs
Able to
Register?

YES

Actions Related
to SOGI at
the UN

2016: Did not vote on IE SOGI

 

Overview

LGBTIQ identities are criminalized under Grenada’s Penal Code which prohibits “unnatural connexion [sic]” and “gross indecency.” Although this law does not explicitly mention gender identity or expression, law enforcement officials often conflate gender identity with sexual orientation, and, as such, these laws are also used to criminalize gender identity and expression which does not correspond with the norms associated with the sex assigned at birth. Though rarely enforced, the Penal Code contributes to the pervasive antipathy towards LGBTIQ people, and provides legal cover for the police to target and harass LGBTIQ people. Public opinion of LGBTIQ people is generally negative, with politicians and religious leaders publicly espousing that LGBTIQ identities are immoral. Violence and harassment, both at the hands of authorities and private individuals, is common. A lack of legal gender recognition procedures make transgender people particularly vulnerable.

LGBTIQ organizations have grown in prominence and visibility in recent years. Media portrayal of LGBTIQ people has significantly improved, and social attitudes, particularly among younger generations, are beginning to shift.