• Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
  • Marriage
    ✔ Legal
  • Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, surgery not required
  • Adoption
    ✖ Step-child adoption only
  • Discrimination
    ✔ Illegal
  • Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Housing Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Military
    ✔ Legal
  • Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
  • Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
  • Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned

Public Opinion

"Should Society Accept Homosexuality?"

Germany ranks #2 out of 39 countries surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, June 4, 2013)
(11%) No
Yes (87%)

By The Numbers

60%
of Muslims in Germany approve of gay marriage

History

Homosexual activity in Germany

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Current status
(since 1969)
Legal
East Germany decriminalized homosexual behavior in 1968, West Germany followed suit in 1969.
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Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
Paragraph 175 was amended during Nazi rule to create harsher penalties for homosexual behavior. Imprisonment was to range from three (3) months to ten (10) years in prison. Many homosexual men died in the Nazi concentration camps they were sent to.
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Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
No minimum or maximum sentences given.
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Same-sex marriage in Germany

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Oct 1, 2017–-0001
Legal
A bill for legalisation passed the Bundestag on 30 June 2017 and the Bundesrat on 7 July
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Current status
(since Oct 1, 2017)
Legal
Same-sex marriage has been legal since 1 October 2017, after the Bundestag passed legislation giving same-sex couples full marital and adoption rights on 30 June 2017. Prior to that, registered partnerships were available to same-sex couples, having been legalised in 2001.
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Right to change legal gender in Germany

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Current status
(since Jan 28, 2011)
Legal, surgery not required
The German Constitutional Court found the provision that required surgery to change one's legal gender unconstitutional.
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Sep 10, 1980–Jan 28, 2011
Legal, but requires surgery
Germans can change their name and gender. Article 1 of Transsexuellengesetz (Transsexuals Act of 10 September 1980)
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Same-sex adoption in Germany

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Feb 19, 2013–Jun 22, 2018
Legal
Will become legal in 2019. Full legalization pending.
Sources:
No
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Current status
(since Feb 19, 2013)
Step-child adoption only
Same-sex couples in Germany can legally adopt a step-child, biological or not of the other partner.
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LGBT discrimination in Germany

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Current status
(since Jun 29, 2006)
Illegal
National law was amended in 2006 when the Treaty of Amsterdam was signed - giving all people the same rights under law.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Germany

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Current status
(since 2006)
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Due to Germany being a Federal Republic many states have had anti-discrimination laws as early as 1992. But by signing the Treaty of Amsterdam (EU) Germany amended its national anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Germany

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Current status
(since Aug 18, 2006)
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Landlords are not allowed to discriminate based on gender or sexual identity.
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Germany

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Current status
(since 2000)
Legal
Article 3 protects against unequal treatment on grounds of sexual orientation.
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Equal age of consent in Germany

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Current status
(since 1988)
Equal
The age of consent is 14 equal for both same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples in Germany.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Germany

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Aug 7, 2017–Jun 17, 2018
Banned (1-year deferral)
since 2017. Legalization pending.
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Current status
Banned (indefinite deferral)
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Conversion therapy in Germany

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Current status
(since Feb 24, 2016)
Not banned
Conversion therapy ban pending.
Sources:
No
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