LGBT people in Peru may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity among consenting adults are legal. An exception was previously made for all military and police personnel, who could be punished with between 60 days to 20 years imprisonment or discharge from the forces. However, in December 2009, the Supreme Court of Peru ruled that homosexual orientation or engaging in homosexual sex cannot be an impediment to membership of the police forces and the military.



Male to male relationships: Not 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 Peru at


Social climate and legal incidents

On 12 February 2011, the Peruvian police beat a group of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who were kissing in the capital's main square to protest against discrimination. (Source:

More on the social climate for LGBT people in Peru in this article from bbc in 2012.


LGBT organizations/networks

The Homosexual Movement of Lima (MHOL) is a political organization of gays and lesbians established in 1982. It fights against discrimination based on sexual preference and for the recognition of homosexuals' interests.

MHOL tries to provide solution to discriminatory situations, advocate the interests and rights of homosexual and bisexual persons, and attend to some of their needs in the areas of health, education and human rights.


The website is in spanish:




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