Amman - Post Report Question and Answers

Is this a good city for LGBT expatriates? Why or why not?

While Jordan itself is not an ideal location for for LGBT citizens, the embassy is very supportive and there are several same-sex couples at post. You can get credentialed here. - Jul 2022

It is not the best city for openly LGBT expats. Non-heterosexual relationships are mostly shunned and discriminated against. There is an underground LGBT scene in the southern city of Aqaba, about a 4-hour drive south of Amman. Regardless, the LGBT community stays mostly hidden throughout the country. But the country continues to liberalize, and I am optimistic that this will change in the future. I knew several LGBT expat couples and they loved living there, and one couple recently extended for a fifth year. - Oct 2021

I would imagine it isn't, though we had friends who felt it was quite good for LGBT expats. - Feb 2021

It is a conservative Muslim majority country. - Jan 2021

Likely not, but I know some couples who seemed to be doing fine. - Sep 2018

I'm not sure that I would say that it is a good city to be very welcomed in, but we do know LGBT couples. It's a majority Muslim country, and Islam frowns upon homosexuality. - Sep 2018

Probably not. The culture here is very hostile to LGBT. There have been several same sex couples that have been fine but they were not living particularly openly. - Mar 2017

No. - Jul 2016

Nope. - Mar 2016

No--it's illegal here. - Mar 2016

No, it is highly anti-gay/lesbian. The government prohibited gatherings and specifically included that the U.S. isn't to participate either. - Nov 2015

In theory you could get away with more PDAs than a mixed-sex couple, but I couldn't imagine having to keep such an important part of my life "under cover." Homosexuality is technically legal in Jordan but heavily frowned upon. - Mar 2015

Um. It's a relatively moderate (compared to the neighbors) Islamic country, but no, not really. - Jul 2014

It's probably not a bad city as Arab/Muslim countries go, but in general the Middle East isn't really a warmly welcoming place for gays and lesbians. - Mar 2014

I doubt it; it's a Muslim society, albeit somewhat moderate. - Dec 2013

No. Same-sex relationships are illegal so it is mostly underground. - Aug 2013

Don't know. - Jul 2013

Absolutely not. There are some gay hangouts, but people cannot be openly gay here. - May 2013

Probably not - Mar 2013

Jordan is a Muslim country, so if you are gay, you won't be able to be openly gay outside of the Embassy. - Apr 2012

This is not an incredibly progressive place, but there are actually some options for a gay expat. - Mar 2012

Probably not. The country is 90% Muslim, and although Jordanians are relatively progressive they would be unlikely to embrace open homosexuality. - Mar 2012

I would not recommend it. Our last Post had a vibrant LGBT community. In Amman, I do not know a single gay person. - Oct 2011

Beirut might be better but from what I hear it's not that bad here for the G/L community. - Aug 2011

I wouldn't think so. There is a small underground culture of gay men in Amman that I had heard about, but it's not really a culture that tolerates gays/lesbians. - Aug 2011

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