LGBT rights in Ebenthal
|LGBT rights in the Kingdom of Ebenthal|
Location of Ebenthal in Green
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Always legal|
|Gender identity/expression||Legal gender change allowed, surgery not required|
|Adoption||Yes (always legal)|
|Military service||Allowed to serve openly|
|Discrimination protections||Explicit legal protections|
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Ebenthal are among the most-advanced in South America, at the Brazilian sector, and in the world, with LGBT people enjoying equal rights than to any other people since the country's independence and counting on several protection laws. Being openly LGBT is socially acceptable.
Since late 2019 there has been a growing support for LGBT rights among the government, as the King himself is openly gay. The age of consent is that of 14-years-old regardless of sexual orientation. The constitution guarantees equal rights to every citizen on this matter, neverthless legal protection have been approved reassuring the LGBT people the rights to marry, adopt, change gender and serve in the military. Discrimination is harshly punished and the both the constitution and the penal code makes no excuses. Pride parades and festivals and ativism is legal, as long as the practises comply with the law.
Ebenthal does not have any record on its LGBT population and plans to participate at the Statistic Fire's LGBT Rights Index. The country it is often regarded as very friendly to LGBT people.
Same-sex couple rights
Same-sex sexual activity has never been criminalized in Ebenthal, nor any of its micronational predecessors (i.e. Roschfallen). Homosexuality was decriminalized in Brazil in 1830, being the thrid country in the world to do so (after France and the Netherlands). The age of consent for the practice of sexual acts, wether they are straight or same-sex, is that of 14 years of age.
The constitution of Ebenthal provides that all citizens shall enjoy of equal human rights, and thus, same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples has always been legal in Ebenthal. In 2016 the Marquis of Souto, then Ministry of the Kingdom, supported by the Seneschal of Ebenthal, introduced a project of law to explicitly ensure those rights for LGBT people. The Clodovil Law, as it was called, was approved ans sanctioned.
Transgender people are allowed to legally change their gender with no requirement of surgery. However, the state is not so friendly towars the ideia of genderfluid or multiple genders, and only recognize two (male and female). Furthemore the use of the so-called "neutral pronouns" and plural pronouns to refer to a single person is banned since 2020. Trangender people are the group of people more vulnerable to prejudice in Ebenthal. However, the country has adopted laws in 2018 and 2020 to fight this specific type of prejudice.
Protection against discrimination
The constitution of Ebenthal openly forbids discrimination against anyone based on gender, race, beliefs, ideology or sexuality. The country's position on it was strengthened by the approval of the RuPaul Law in late 2016 that categorizes forms of discrimination against LGBT and punishes in a varied and individual way. For once, while an offense based on sexual orientation can be punished by the suspension of political rights, physical aggression and moral abuse can be punished by death by dissolving in acid, accordingly the penal code.
Ebenthal is often regarded as a very socially progressive country. Gender and sexuality are not usually considered divisions among people in the Ebenthali society, and there is a consistent general perception of the Kingdom as a nation that thrives in diversity. There are no specific organisations or support groups for LGBT+ persons, although most Ebenthali people think of them as unnecessary.
While members of all the political parties of Ebenthal have expressed support for the LGBT people and rights, the Conservative Party is often divided and generally avoid the topic in order to face legal troubles.
Ebenthal has never held polls on the LGBT theme, but it is estimated that over 90% of the country's population believes same-sex activity and relationships shall be tolerated, and at least 70% support equal rights to same-sex couples, including that of marry and adopt. Nonetheless, LGBT people in Ebenthal struggle with the "light day-to-day prejudice" such as comments when demonstratign affection in public and some kind of apprehenson to do so. Trangender people suffers the most, with gender identity still being an issue people aren't used to. It is estimated that most Ebenthalis only fully accept the transgenderism when the transitioning person looks like to the gender it wishes to transit, and only then start to call the person by the due gender pronouns.
The following is a table summarising key points: