Who are considered sexual minorities?
- Gay men: men who are attracted to other men
- Lesbians: women who are attracted to other women
- Bisexuals: men or women who are attracted to both men and women
- Transgender persons: Persons whose appearance or identity differ from the sex they were born with.
The rights of sexual minorities
In Norway, it is illegal to discriminate people on grounds of:
- sexual orientation (if you are attracted to men or women or both)
- gender identity (which gender you identify with)
- gender expression (how you express your gender identity, for example through clothes, hairstyle, make-up or body language)
If you are a victim of violence for such reasons, the perpetrator will be punished more severely.
Since 1993, Norwegian women and men have had the opportunity to enter into a registered partnership with a person of the same sex. Since 2009, same-sex marriage has been legal in Norway. This means that same-sex spouses and cohabitants can apply for family immigration in the same way as other couples.
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