Egypt is influenced by the civil law system. As the criminal code is silent on the subject of private, adult and consensual homosexual acts, and cross-dressing, they are not de jure illegal in Egypt. However, since 2000 certain laws have been used to impose what amounts to a de facto ban on homosexuality and cross-dressing.


After the uprisings in 2011 that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February Egypt’s gays has emerged in the public sphere. Increasingly visible and willing to speak up, they show how upheavals across the Arab world could prove to be social and cultural revolutions, albeit with uncertain outcome.

However LGBT people are not officially recognized by the political system, the opposition movements or the general public. Homosexuality are severely stigmatized within the society.



Male to male relationships: Not legal

Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of less than 10 years

Female to female relationships: Unclear

Marriage and substitutes for marriage: No law

More on the Egyptian law at


Social Climate

Information about the social climate for LGBT people in Egypt at


LGBT organizations/networks

None found as of July 2012




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