El Salvador

Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in El Salvador, but same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex married couples. A national law does exist to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, but it is rarely enforced. Polls show high levels of prejudice directed at LGBT people, and there are many reports of anti-gay harassment and bias motivated violence.

On 4 May 2010, President Mauricio Funes issued a presidential decree banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the public service.



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 El Salvador at ilga.org


Social Climate

Read more about the social climate for LGBT people in El Salvador in this shadow report.


The shadow report provide relevant information on the human rights situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans persons in El Salvador to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, as a way of complementing and/or clarifying the data submitted by the Salvadorean State through its Sixth Periodical Report under Article 40 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). This document covers events that took place in El Salvador between 2004 and the present time.


LGBT organizations/networks

The Asociación Entre Amigos (Between Friends Association) is an organisation working for respect for, and the defence of, the human rights of gays, bisexuals, lesbians, transsexuals and inter-sex in El Salvador. Its main focus is on HIV/AIDS education and prevention in communities socially excluded due to their orientation (LGBTI) and health conditions (those living with HIV or AIDS). It also supports facilities and friends of those affected.

Read more about Entre Amigos here




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