LGBT rights in Brunei

Male Homosexuality is illegal in Brunei and can be punished with up to 10 years imprisonment or a fine of 30,000 Brunei dollars. There are no prohibitions on female homosexuality.

Wider discussion of the issue has emerged in Brunei in recent years. In 2011, for the first time, the social aspects of homosexuality were discussed publicly at a seminar hosted in the Chancellor's Hall of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). It was reported that the number of sub-groups identifying as gay is rising and even clubs have been formed exclusively catering to homosexual men. Prior to the 1990s, the Bruneian community associated homosexuality exclusively with effeminate men, lately this has begun to change. There is also evidence of a certain degree of acceptance and tolerance within family groups.

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