Trinidad and Tobago

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: Abstained from voting on IE SOGI

 

Overview

Trinidad and Tobago has made progress on LGBTIQ issues in the past decade; however, there are still significant barriers to full LGBTIQ equality. In 2018, the High Court of Justice decriminalized same-sex relations. Trinidad and Tobago has a law banning “homosexuals” from immigrating. Although this law is not enforced, it contributes to the general antipathy towards LGBTIQ people in Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad and Tobago remains conservative on LGBTIQ issues. There are no laws explicitly protecting LGBTIQ people from discrimination or hate crimes; therefore, government officials and private citizens subject LGBTIQ people to harassment, discrimination, and social rejection, with impunity. Transgender individuals are particularly vulnerable as there are no legal gender recognition procedures. Religious leaders and politicians publicly disparage LGBTIQ people and oppose progress towards LGBTIQ equality, even as the LGBTIQ community experiences greater visibility and societal acceptance.