The National Assembly of Bhutan has removed provisions in the penal code that criminalized gay sex.
The Lower House of the Buddhist kingdom scrapped Section 213 and 214 criminalizing ‘unnatural sex’ or homosexuality.
Breaking: Section 213 and 214 of the Bhutan Penal Code criminalizing ‘unnatural sex’ or homosexuality has been removed by the National Assembly.
— The Bhutanese (@thebhutanese) June 7, 2019
In order to become law, the bill has to pass in the upper house next.
The Parliament (NA) just decriminalised homosexuality in Bhutan by removing clauses 213 & 214!!! Thank you!!!!!Dear Finance Minister, Speaker, legislative commitee members, and MPs: Name Same Kadrinche. We shed tears of joy in parliament, today. Never imagined this would happen in our lifetime, but it did. As Pema from Rainbow Bhutan: "Celebrating Diversity" shared: “After 27 years, I feel fully human. Valid.” #loveislove
Posted by Namgay Zam on Friday, June 7, 2019
LGBTI rights in Bhutan
The Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge doesn’t formally recognize same-sex couples.
Famous for its pursuit of peace and harmony among its population, the country has a Gross National Happiness commission that strives for the wellbeing of its population.
But the vast majority of Bhutanese know little about the LGBTI community.
‘We believe that [most Bhutanese] never had the proper access to information and have never seen a LGBT+ personally’ Director of Rainbow Bhutan Tashi Tsheten told GSN earlier this month.