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LGBTQIA+ Students in the UAE

Posted on October 14, 2020


UAE law outlaws same sex relationships and sexual activities, and the law has no specific language protecting LGBTQIA+ persons from discrimination or hate crimes. Penalties for homosexual activities may include fines and imprisonment. Under interpretations of sharia law, the punishment could include the death penalty. Although the state department does not report any recent arrests or prosecutions for such activities, they remain illegal. Cross-dressing is also a punishable offense and there have been reports that the government took action against cross-dressing individuals. Due to potential persecution, LGBTQIA+ organizations do not operate openly, nor were gay rights advocacy events held. Because organizations are not openly active, there is no information available on private discrimination in employment, or access to education or health care based on sexual orientation. There were also no government efforts to address potential discrimination.

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