Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of less than 10 years
Female to Female Relationships: Not Legal
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: No law
Are you LGBTI? We want to hear from you! Help us inform other users of the site with your views on this country. Below is a random question about this country. If it is relevant to you please answer it.
Have you been the victim of violence because of your sexual orientation in OMAN?
Yes, I don’t ever feel safe
Yes, by individuals
Yes, by a group
Yes, by the police
An article in a local weekly tabloid on homosexuality among Omanis has kicked up a huge controversy, prompting the publisher to carry a public apology on the home page of the publication’s online edition.
The article, The Outsiders' published by 'the Week' on August 29, 2013 gives a very revealing and descriptive recount of the 'gay' scene here in the Sultanante. I find it surprising such an article was published here due to the social and cultural norms. >>>
When Haitham (name changed on request) had his first same-sex encounter with his cousin, he was only about eight years old. It was only a few fleeting moments on a camping trip with some family members close to his native village just outside Muscat. “But those few moments continued to haunt my memory for the longest time,” said the 23 year old. >>>
Panida Somao said the laws in Oman were very strict and only men were allowed to work at massage parlours for male customers.
"But some Thai transvestites have exploited these laws and also offer sexual services," she said, adding that many of these men came to Oman before undergoing the sex-change operation.