For example, if a region has decided to make gay marriage legal starting next month, editors should wait until next month to add this law.
In the future, this functionality may become available.
DateChoose the dates that the law began and ended. If the law you're adding is the present day law, select "none" for an end date.
Law StatusChoose the status of the law during those time periods. These statuses are predefined and cannot be edited (see: The law status that I'm looking for isn't listed. What do I do?).
You can also use three special law statuses. Please use these only when applicable:
- Ambiguous: If the status of a law is debated or contested.
- Not applicable: If the law does not apply to the country (for example, "LGBT people serving in the military" in a country that does not have a military program would be labeled as "Not applicable".)
- Varies by region: If there are no laws defined at a national level, using this status will indicate that laws are defined by each of the country's states or provinces. Equaldex will display all state and province laws available for this issue.
DescriptionDescriptions can be used to give a reader significant information about the law. See: What are the guidelines for writing a description?
SourcesSources help verify the data you are inputting. See: What are sources used for?
To start editing, simply select a country, choose an issue that's missing some information, and then add an entry to fill in the missing data (See: How do I add a new entry?).
When writing a description:
- Use grammatically correct, complete sentences and punctuation.
- Use little to no formatting. Line breaks may be used if the description needs to be split into two paragraphs.
- Descriptions must not reference other information on the page, as they may be displayed out of context in other areas of the site, or on external sites and apps.
- It's fine to repeat the date, region, or status of the law (example: "In 2005, same-sex marriage became legal in Canada after The Civil Marriage Act was passed.")
Content of descriptions should include:
- The law, bill, act, and/or section number of the legal document. If applicable, include a link to a web version of this document in the Sources field.
- Details on the significance of the law. For example, if it was the first European country to pass the law, if it put the country under international attention, etc.
- Significant events leading to the passing of the law, such as counter-measures or public outcry.
- If the law is not enforced.
- Penalties for breaking the law. For example, a law about homosexuality in a country where it is illegal might state that the penalty is life in prison.
- If there are exceptions to the law (for example, "Same-sex marriage is illegal in this country except in the country's capital city.")
All entries must include a description. If one is missing a description, please report the entry and supply a description.
If a law is not enforced, it should be noted in the "notes" section of the law.
If you absolutely can't find a specific date of when a specific law went into effect or ended, you can set the day or month as "unknown."
In these cases, the date will be displayed as "March 1994" or just "1994" respectively.
Note that some functions of Equaldex require an complete date, so these dates will be treated as day one of the month or the year (for example, "March 1994" will be treated as "March 1, 1994" and "1994" will be "January 1, 1994").
While Equaldex is still growing, the site is limited to who can edit it, however, all logged in users can vote on content, report content, and add or comment on discussion topics.
On your profile, the text "editor" will display next to your name if you have editing privileges.
If you're interested in becoming an editor, contact Equaldex.
See also: What are the different user types?
If you mistakenly made an edit, or you'd like one of your edits to be removed for any reason, you can report your own edit and explain your reasoning and a moderator will take care of it for you.
See also: How do I report incorrect information?
If you see several problems or want to discuss the accuracy of an entry, you can consider discussing it with other editors by creating a discussion topic on the region page (available in the sidebar).
If something else is wrong, feel free to post in the Equaldex Editors Facebook Group.
A moderator will then review the report and make necessary changes.
From there, a new change should be added and labeled as the present law.
Keep in mind that only moderators can edit changes. Contact a moderator to make this change.
Keep in mind that it's possible for a country to only have historical (past) laws but not have a law listed as the present law.
Editor: A member who has the ability to add entries to the site (Alpha Testers are also Editors).
Moderator: A moderator has privileges to make advanced edits, such as editing and deleting existing entries.
- Have access to the moderation system to see reports made by users and revisions made to entries.
- Review and close reports on entries by making appropriate changes.
- Help settle edit debates between users.
- Answer questions from new editors.
- Delete entries if necessary.
- Correct spelling and grammar on entries.
- Participate in discussions about the future of the site.
- Revoke editing rights from users who abuse the site.
- Get a "Moderator" badge on your profile.
An email-only authentication method will be offered in the future.
If a subregion (state, province, etc.) is missing or incorrect, please create a Discussion topic on the country's "Discuss" page.
To Enable Social Networks on Avast Plugin
- Click on Avast extension button on your browser. In Chrome, this is on the top right of the browser. In Firefox, it will be on the top left.
- When the Avast menu appears, turn off the "Social Networks Blocked" option.
- Equaldex should now work properly. You may have to reload the page.
Exact steps will vary by browser, but once you've found the settings section of the Avast plugin, you should see a "Social Networks Blocked" option to turn off.
Still can't login?If you can't login, try a different browser to check if the problem is related to your browser (or a plugin installed on that browser).
Please email email@example.com if you're still having trouble.
Using this data, we'll be able to show which countries are progressing, which need the most help, how countries compare to each other, how the LGBT movement has progressed over the years, and display compelling stats and visualizations about the LGBT movement. My hope is that Equaldex will become the go-to resource for data about the LGBT movement.
Laws are just the start. More features will be coming that will give more insight into the LGBT movement, including how LGBT people feel, how the population feels about LGBT issues, who (specifically) is helping move us forward, and who is holding us back.
If you'd like to list your organization listed on Equaldex, you can suggest it.
Once your organizations is submitted, we encourage organizations to link back to Equaldex on their site. Doing this beforehand can expedite the approval process.
See also: How do I get my organization listed on Equaldex?
Karma is an aggregate score of all your posts and comments. When someone upvotes your post, you receive one karma point, if someone downvotes your post, you lose one karma point.
- Post karma is karma you receive on your news posts.
- Comment karma is karma you receive on your comments across all of Equaldex.
- Total karma= post karma + comment karma.
Karma can give you special privileges, such as the ability to downvote.
Karma is listed on your user profile.