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Age of Consent for Gay Sex (and others)

U.S. Residents

Jump to the lower part of the graph for your own state laws unless you are traveling to other destinations (out of state). If you are traveling to another nation, you must (obviously) abide by the laws of that nation, but you must also meet the U.S. requirement that says that a U.S. adult may not have sex with anyone under the age of 16 when traveling abroad. You must abide by the most conservative laws–either of the U.S. or your host country.

U.S. military service people must abide by the Department of Defense guidelines that appy to you at the time of your sexual activity.

Travelers

Find your destnation country, but read the introduction first.

 

Introduction

Observe the traditons and, more importantly, the laws of your country, state/province and those which you are visiting. For example, if you are an American in Spain (with a surprisingly low age of consent) and have sex with a person who is of legal age in Spain, you may be prosecuted once you return to the U.S. for having engaged in sexual tourism.

If you are anticipating such activity, it is advisable to consult an attorney before your departure. The rule of thumb is to stick to partners around your own age, as long as (uncompensated) sexual activity between consenting adults of the same sex are legal within that jurisdiction. Also remember that prostition is illegal in almost all juristictions (with very rare exceptions anywhere on the planet).

If you choose to visit a country in which same sex activity is illegal, remember that it is illegal even if the sex activity is with someone who is considered your partner in your home country, regardless of the ages of the people involved. Often the penalties for violation are quite severe including very long prison terms or even death. The severity of the punishment in various countries is often influenced by members of the so-called “Christian” Right in the U.S. which continues to encourage the death penalty for homosexual activity, especially in Uganda and other African nations. Travel with care.

 

A Personal Request

If you travel to a nation which outlaws homosexual activity, please find a human rights organization that advocates for equal rights for homosexuals. Donate at least as much money to that organization as you spend in the repressive larger society.  Such a nation undoubtedly thrives because of money coming in from foreigners, including donations from conservative U.S. churches plus whatever you spend in the general economy.  That money needs to be counter-balanced by institutions that have at heart the interests of our brothers and sisters.

 

Remember that places where sexual activity is least restricted and most restricted are the exact places where sexually transmitted deseases are most common.  If you are going to play, play carefully!  Most European partners (especially in the West where sexual health education has persisted for years) will insist upon that, but if they don’t, that’s a signal to be especially wary.  Always be ready to provide protection for both you and your partner(s).

 

Table of Age of Consent 

This table should only be used as general guide – please also read the notes at the bottom of this page.

Country Male-Female Sex Male-Male Sex Female-Female Sex
Afghanistan 18/Married Illegal Illegal
Albania 14 14 14
Algeria 16 Illegal Legal
American Samoa 15? 15? 15?
Andorra 16 16 16
Angola 12/15 Illegal Illegal
Antigua and Barbuda 16 16 16
Argentina 13/16 13/16 13/16
Armenia 16 16 16
Aruba 16 16 16
Australia ACT 16 16 16
Australia NSW & Norfolk Is. 16 16 16
Australia NT 16 16 16
Australia Queensland1 16/18 18 16
Australia SA 17 17 17
Australia Tasmania 17 17 17
Australia Victoria 16 16 16
Australia WA 16 16 16
Austria2 14/16 14/16 14/16
Azerbaijan 16 16 16
Bahamas 16 18 18
Bahrain 16/Married
Legal Legal
Bangladesh ? Illegal Illegal
Barbados 18 (but 16 if married)
Illegal Illegal
Belarus 16/18 16 16
Belgium 16 16 16
Belize 16 Illegal Legal
Bermuda 16 18 16
Benin ? Legal Legal
Bhutan 18 Illegal Illegal
Bolivia 14f/16m(must be married)
16 16
Bosnia 16 16 16
Botswana 16f/14m Illegal Illegal
Brazil3 14/18 14/18 14/18
Brunei 16/18 Illegal Legal
Bulgaria 14 14 14
Burkina Faso 13 13 13
Burma/Myanmar 16/18 Illegal Legal
Burundi 18 Illegal Illegal
Cambodia (Kampuchea) 16 ? ?
Cambodia 16 16 16
Cameroon 21 (but 18 if married)
Illegal Illegal
Canada4 16/18 18 16
Cape Verde ? Legal Legal
Cayman Islands ? ? ?
Central African Republic ? Legal Legal
Chad ? 21 21
Chile 14 18 18
China 14 14 14
China – Hong Kong 16 16 16
China – Macao 16/17 ? ?
Colombia 14 14 14
Cook Islands 16 Illegal 16
Costa Rica 18 18 18
Cote D’Ivoire 15 15? 15?
Croatia 14 14 14
Cuba 16 16 16
Cyprus 13/17 17 (Illegal in north) 17
Czech Republic 15 15 15
Democratic Republic of the Congo ? Illegal ?
Denmark5 15 15 15
Dominica 16 ? ?
Dominican Republic 18 18 18
Dutch Antilles 16 16 16
Ecuador 14 14 14
Egypt 18 Illegal 18
El Salvador 18 ? ?
Equatorial Guinea ? ? ?
Eritrea 18 Illegal Illegal
Estonia 14 14 14
Ethiopia 15 Illegal Illegal
Falkland Islands (Malvinas) 16 16 16
Faroe Islands 15 15 15
Fiji 16 16 (unofficial) 16
Finland6 16 16 16
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 16 16 16
France 15 15 15
French Guiana 15 15 15
French Polynesia (Tahiti) 16 16 16
Gabon 18 18 18
Gambia 16 Illegal ?
Georgia (country) 16 16 16
Germany7 14/16 14/16 14/16
Ghana 16 Illegal Illegal
Gibraltar 16 18 16
Greece 15 15/17 15
Greenland 15 15 15
Grenada 17 Illegal 17
Guam 16 16 16
Guadelope 15 15 15
Guatemala 18 18 18
Guernsey 16 16 16
Guinea 15 Illegal Illegal
Guyana 16 Illegal 16
Haiti 18 18 18
Honduras 14/17 14 14
Hungary 14 14 14
Iceland 15 15 15
India8
14/16 18 18
Indonesia 16f/19m 18 18
Iran Must be married Illegal Illegal
Iraq 18 ? ?
Ireland 17 17 17
Isle of Man 16 16 16
Israel 14-16 14-16 14-16
Italy 14 14 14
Jamaica 16 Illegal 16
Japan9 13-18 13-18 13-18
Jersey 16 16 16
Jordan 16 16 16
Kazakhstan 18 ? ?
Kenya 18 Illegal 18
Kuwait Must be married? Illegal Illegal
Kyrgyzstan ? ? ?
Laos 15 ? ?
Latvia 14/16 14/16 14/16
Lebanon 15/18/Married Illegal Illegal
Lesotho ? ? ?
Liberia 16 Illegal Illegal
Liechtenstein 14 14 14
Lithuania 14 14 14
Luxembourg 16 16 16
Madagascar 21? 21 21
Mali 16 ? ?
Malta 18 18 18
Malaysia 16/Married Illegal 16
Marshall Islands 16 16 16
Martinique 15 15 15
Mauritius 15 Illegal Illegal
Mexico10 12-18 12-18 12-18
Moldova 14 14 14
Monaco 15 15 15
Mongolia 16 ? ?
Montenegro 14 14 14
Morocco 15 Illegal Illegal
Mozambique ? Illegal ?
Namibia 16 Illegal 16
Nepal 16 ? ?
Netherlands 16 16 16
Netherlands Antilles 16 16 16
New Caledonia 16 16 16
New Zealand 16 16 16
Nicaragua ? ? ?
Niger ? 21 21
Nigeria 13 Illegal Illegal
North Korea 17 17 (unofficial)
17 (unofficial)
Norway 16 16 16
Oman Must be married Illegal Illegal
Pakistan Must be married Illegal Illegal
Panama 18 18 18
Papua New Guinea11 16f/14m/Illegal Illegal 16
Paraquay12 14/16 16 16
Peru 14 14 14
Philippines 18
18 18
Poland 15 15 15
Portugal14 14/16 14/16 14/16
Puerto Rico 1
14 14 14
Qatar Must be married Illegal Illegal
Reunion 16 16 16
Romania 15 15 15
Russia 16 16 16
Rwanda 18 18 18
San Marino 14/16 14/16 14/16
Saudi Arabia Must be married Illegal Illegal
Senegal ? Illegal Illegal
Serbia 14 14 14
Singapore 16 Illegal 16
Slovakia 15 15 15
Slovenia 15 15 15
Somalia ? Illegal Illegal
South Africa 2 16 16 16
South Korea 13 13 13
Spain 13 13 13
Sri Lanka 16 Illegal 16
St. Kitts and Nevis 14/16 ? ?
St. Lucia 16 16 16
St. Martin ? ? ?
Sudan Must be married Illegal Illegal
Suriname 16 18 18
Sweden 15 15 15
Swaziland 18 Illegal Illegal
Switzerland 16 16 16
Syria 13/15 Illegal Illegal
Taiwan 16 16 16
Tajikistan 17 ? 17
Tanzania 18 Illegal Illegal
Thailand15 18 18 18
Togo 14 Illegal Illegal
Tonga16 16/Illegal Illegal 16
Trinidad & Tobago 16 Illegal Illegal
Tunisia 20 Illegal Illegal
Turkey 18 18 18
Turkmenistan 16 Illegal 16
Tuvalu ? Illegal ?
Uganda 18 Illegal 18
Ukraine 16 16 16
United Arab Emirates 18/Married Illegal Illegal
United Kingdom 16 16 16
Uzbekistan 16 Illegal 16
Uruguay 15 15 15
Vanuatu 16 16 16
Vatican State
12 ? ?
Venezuela 16 16 16
Vietnam 18 18 18
Western Samoa 16 Illegal Illegal
Yemen Must be married Illegal Illegal
Zambia ? Illegal ?
Zimbabwe 12/16 Illegal 12/16
USA Alabama 16 16 16
USA Alaska 16 16 16
USA Arizona 18 18
18
USA Arkansas17 14/16 14/16 14/16
USA California 18 18 18
USA Colorado17 15/17 15/17 15/17
USA Connecticut 16 16 16
USA D.C. 16 16 16
USA Delaware17 16/18 16/18 16/18
USA Florida17 16/18 16/18 16/18
USA Georgia 16 16 16
USA Hawaii 16 16 16
USA Idaho 18 18 18
USA Illinois 17 17 17
USA Indiana17 14/16 14/16 14/16
USA Iowa17 14/16 14/16 14/16
USA Kansas 16 16 16
USA Kentucky 16 16 16
USA Louisiana17 17 17 17
USA Maine 16 16 16
USA Maryland 16 16 16
USA Massachusetts 16 16 16
USA Michigan 16 16 16
USA Minnesota 16 16 16
USA Mississippi 16 16 16
USA Missouri 17 17 17
USA Montana 16 16 16
USA Nebraska 17 17 17
USA Nevada 16 18 18
USA New Hampshire 16 16 16
USA New Jersey 16 16 16
USA New Mexico 17 17 17
USA New York 17 17 17
USA North Carolina17 16 16 16
USA North Dakota 18 18 18
USA Ohio 16 16 16
USA Oklahoma 16 16 16
USA Oregon 18 18 18
USA Pennsylvania 16 16 16
USA Rhode Island 16 16 16
USA South Carolina 16 16 16
USA South Dakota 16 16 16
USA Tennessee 18 18 18
USA Texas17 17 17 17
USA Utah17 16/18 16/18 16/18
USA Vermont 16 16 16
USA Virginia 18 18 18
USA Washington17 16/18 16/18 16/18
USA West Virginia 16 16 16
USA Wisconsin 18 18 18
USA Wyoming17 16/18 16/18 16/18
USA Travelling citizens18 12/16 12/16 12/16
USA Military personnel19 16 Illegal Illegal


 Notes: These ages and other data are taken from this page at the website http://www.avert.org/, dedicated to averting HIV and AIDS. For original table, please see the links in this table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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