• Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
  • Marriage
    ✔ Legal
  • Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, surgery not required
  • Adoption
    ✔ Legal
  • 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 (1-year deferral)
  • Conversion Therapy
    Ambiguous

Public Opinion

"Should Society Accept Homosexuality?"

United Kingdom ranks #6 out of 39 countries surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, June 4, 2013)
(18%) No
Yes (76%)

By The Numbers

0%
of 500 British Muslims interviewed believed that homosexual acts were morally acceptable
(Gallup, 2009)

History

Homosexual activity in United Kingdom

?
Current status
(since Nov 30, 2000)
Legal
The Sexual Offences Act was successfully challenged in the European Court of Human Rights in the case of ADT v. UK in 2000. The court determined the provisions making sexual acts between more than two men illegal would be in violation of privacy laws, and therefore, those portions of the Act became unenforceable. Essentially, this was the last barrier to legalizing same-sex activity within the UK.
Sources:
legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/44
stonewall.org.uk/at_home/ha…
European Court of Human Rights in the case of ADT v. UK
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Jul 27, 1967–Nov 30, 2000
Legal
**LEGAL, WITH RESTRICTIONS**
The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 legalized sexual acts between two men who were 21 or older (Excluding men serving in the military), but it placed new restrictions on sex for men who have sex with men. The act prohibited sex in places where a third party was likely to be present.
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Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
The Labouchere Amendment passed making sex between two men a gross indecency, punishable by imprisonment. Female homosexuality and sexual acts were not addressed in the law, and therefore, they technically would have been legal, though the law often applied the law towards women.
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Same-sex marriage in United Kingdom

?
Current status
(since Jul 17, 2013)
Legal
Came into force as of March 29th, 2014 . Same-sex marriage is still unrecognized fully in some parts of the UK (such as Northern Ireland).
Added by chris  ·  19 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log
Jul 17, 20132014
Legal
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Dec 5, 2005–Jul 16, 2013
Civil unions
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Right to change legal gender in United Kingdom

?
Current status
(since Apr 4, 2005)
Legal, surgery not required
Surgery is not required
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Same-sex adoption in United Kingdom

?
Current status
(since Nov 7, 2002)
Legal
IVF treatment is available for lesbian couples too.
Added by chris  ·  14 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

LGBT discrimination in United Kingdom

?
Current status
(since Oct 1, 2010)
Illegal
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LGBT employment discrimination in United Kingdom

?
Current status
Sexual orientation and gender identity
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LGBT housing discrimination in United Kingdom

?
Current status
(since Oct 1, 2010)
Sexual orientation and gender identity
For Local Authorities they would be bound by Equality Act 2010 and have a duty under Public Sector Equality Duty. For private landlords would be bound by Equality Act 2010
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in United Kingdom

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Current status
(since Jan 12, 2000)
Legal
Added by chris  ·  8 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log
1967–Jan 11, 2000
Illegal
The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 explicitly made serving in the military as an openly gay/bi man illegal. Prior to this act, it was illegal for a man to have sex with another man entirely, and therefore, it was also illegal.
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Until 1967
Illegal
Same-sex sexual activity was illegal for men, and therefore, these individuals were not permitted in the military.
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Equal age of consent in United Kingdom

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Current status
(since Aug 1, 2001)
Equal
On November 30, 2000 a bill was signed to make the ages of consent equitable, regardless of gender. The law came into effect on August 1, 2001. The age of consent for men who have sex with men was reduced from 18 to 16, on par with different sex individuals.
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1994–Jul 31, 2001
Unequal
A bill was signed to reduce the age of consent for men who have sex with men from 21 to 18.
Added by imullin01  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log
Unequal
The Sexual Offenses Act made sex between two men legal in 1967*, but it was only legal between consenting men who were 21 or older, whereas the age of consent for different sex couples was 16.

*Sex between more than two men remained illegal until later.
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Unequal
The Sexual Offenses Act made sex between two men legal in 1967*, but it was only legal between consenting men who were 21 or older, whereas the age of consent for different sex couples was 16.

*Sex between more than two men remained illegal until later.
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Until 1967
Ambiguous
Sexual activities between two or more men were illegal prior to 1967, and therefore, the age of consent was irrelevant; it was all illegal.
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Blood donations by MSMs in United Kingdom

?
Current status
(since 2011)
Banned (1-year deferral)
Added by chris  ·  19 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log
Jan 1, 2011–Aug 1, 2018
Ambiguous
3 month deferral. Legalization pending.
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Conversion therapy in United Kingdom

?
Mar 17, 2017–Aug 1, 2018
Varies by Region
Conversion therapy ban pending. Mental health policies changes pending. Conversion therapy ban pending in Ireland.
Added by Ausyk  ·  3 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log
Current status
Ambiguous
Apparently a big problem in the UK, but it's rarely discussed. A ban is being discussed by British leaders.
Added by bradwbu  ·  6 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log


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