Colombia LGBT Rights
Colombia has made a lot of effort to become one of the most LGBT friendly countries in Latin America. Having Argentina as a competitor for this role, Colombia cannot stay behind. We found that Colombia has a very modern and open-minded attitude towards every visitor, gay or straight.
Same-sex sexual activity and homosexuality are legal in Colombia since 2000. The age of consent for homosexual and heterosexual sexual activity is 14.
Unregistered same-sex couples have the same rights, benefits and duties as unregistered heterosexual couples since 2008. Same-sex couples can register for official domestic partnership since 2015.
Same-sex marriage is legal in Colombia since 2016.
Before 2015, only the adoption of a step-child was possible. Since 2015, same-sex couples have the same adoption rights as heterosexual couples.
Change Legal Gender
Changing your legal gender is possible in Colombia. In 2015 the process to change your legal gender has been simplified.
Colombia LGBT Safety
Discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression is illegal in Colombia. This law that passed in 2011 is straightforward and clear. It states that if someone is discriminated in public, the penalty will increase. On the other hand, the penalty will decrease if the offender apologizes in public.
Colombian law also protects LGBT by stating literally that it is allowed to display their affection publicly.
Colombian cities felt very safe to us and we saw a lot of public display of affection between same-sex couples. The country is safe to visit as LGBT traveler. We don’t expect you to encounter any difficulties. Remember that everyone can have a different opinion and people in rural areas might be less tolerant than people in cities.