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British Overseas Territories: LGBT+ People

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 101737, tabled on 11 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when she last made an assessment of (a) the legal rights and status of LGBT+ people in the UK Overseas Territories and (b) any potential differences from UK domestic law and commitments under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Answered on

14 January 2022

The inhabited Overseas Territories are separate, largely self-governing jurisdictions with their own democratically-elected representatives. Our relationship with the Territories is based on partnership and we are working together to put in place arrangements to protect the legal status and rights of LGBT+ people. Nine of the Overseas Territories have legal recognition and protection for LGBT+ people, six have also introduced legislation to introduce civil partnerships or legalise same-sex marriage.

We continue to assess and engage with all the Overseas Territories to ensure that their legislation is compliant with their international obligations.

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