Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Cambodia when it involves non-commercial acts between consenting adults in private. While traditional cultural mores tend to be tolerant in this area, even expressly providing support for people of an intermediate or third gender, LGBT rights legislation has not yet been enacted by the ruling government. In 2012 the King of Cambodja stated: "as a liberal democracy, Cambodia should allow "marriage between man and man or between woman and woman."



Male to male relationships: Legal

Punishments for male to male relationships: No law

Female to female relationships: Legal

Age of consent: Equal for heterosexuals and homosexuals

More on the law of Cambodia at


Legal incidents and social climate

In the early hours of Sunday 15 May 2011 the staff and clientele of the gay-friendly Rainbow Bar in Phnom Penh's Daun Penh district were subjected to a vicious and unprovoked homophobic attack by neighbors, which left several people badly injured and caused significant damage to the bar. (Source:


LGBT persons in Cambodia still face discrimination and/or abuse from family members, employers, and police.


King Father Norodom Sihanouk has expressed public support for LGBT people but the views of other politicians have been mixed. The challenges faced by LGBT people in Cambodia have not been acknowledged by the Royal Government of Cambodia ("RGC") and do not seem to feature on the RGC agenda. Read more in this interesting report from Cambodian center for human rights.


LGBT organizations/networks

None found as of July 2012.





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