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LGBT rights in Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

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LGBT rights in Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, but it is not clear if same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples are eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples.

Laws against homosexuality

Homosexuality is legal in Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

Recognition of same-sex relationships

Even though it is a part of the UK, it is still unknown if civil partnerships are recognized.


Homosexuality is romantic and/or sexual attraction or behavior between members of the same sex or gender. As a sexual orientation, homosexuality refers to "an enduring pattern of or disposition to experience sexual, affectional, or romantic attractions" primarily or exclusively to people of the same sex; "it also refers to an individual’s sense of personal and social identity based on those attractions, behaviors expressing them, and membership in a community of others who share them."

Homosexuality is one of the three main categories of sexual orientation, along with bisexuality and heterosexuality, within the heterosexual-homosexual continuum (with asexuality sometimes considered the fourth). The consensus of the behavioral and social sciences as well as the health and mental health professions is that homosexuality is a normal and positive variation in human sexual orientation, although some religious sects and "ex-gay" organizations hold the view that homosexual activity is a sinful or dysfunctional behavior. Contrary to mainstream scientific understanding, these sects and organizations also frequently characterize it as a "choice".