Saint Lucia

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: Opposed IE SOGI

Overview

LGBTIQ identities are criminalized under St Lucia’s Penal Code prohibiting same-sex relations (known as the ‘buggery law’) and “serious indecencies.” Although these laws do 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 strays from the assigned norm. Though these laws are rarely enforced, they contribute to the pervasive antipathy towards LGBTIQ people in St Lucia. LGBTIQ people experience discrimination in employment, housing, healthcare, and education, despite the existence of a law protecting citizens from employment discrimination. Violent attacks, harassment, and social stigmatization of LGBTIQ people is also commo. Hate crime is rarely reported due to the existence of the “buggery laws,” and fear of secondary victimization by the police. LGBTIQ visibility and activism has increased in the last decade, even as Christian groups continue to campaign against the human rights of LGBTIQ people. In the past, religious leaders and politicians have been at the forefront of perpetuating misinformation about LGBTIQ individuals, although recently some have started taking a public stand in support of the human rights of LGBTIQ people. Representation in the media is mixed, but with a growing prevalence of curious, neutral and even positive representation.