1940s in LGBT Rights

Number of LGBT-related laws changed over time
  • October 1
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    The age of consent in China is 14 for both same-sex and opposite sex couples.
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes illegal.
  • August 15
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Protections for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only protections for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for Gender identity and expression
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression. Not enforced.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for gender identity and expression. Not really enforced.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    No known anti-discrimination protections exist for sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • June 22
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    no laws making gay marriage illegal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Up to 3 years in prison. Not enforced.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    As homosexuality is illegal, same sex marriage is also illegal by default.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    The penal law states any "carnal intercourse against the order of nature... shall be punished with imprisonment..."
  • September 14
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes ambiguous.
    North Koreans serving in the military are required to maintain 10 (ten) years of celibacy . Homosexual behavior in the military has been described as situational behavior rather than a genuine behavior.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    The North Korean Constitution states that all citizens are equal but it is unclear if this equality is extended to LGBT citizens.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes ambiguous.
    North Korean depictions of love and marriage remain heterosexist however, the North Korean government has liberalized its views on marriage and love as private matters between consenting adults.
  • Homosexual activity becomes ambiguous.
    North Korea claims that all citizens are treated equally regardless of sexual orientation however, the realities of being LGBT in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is unclear. Date shown is the North's declaration of statehood.
  • August 15
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Life partnership pending.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    Date shown is the founding of the Republic of Korea (South Korea). There are no LGBT anti-discrimination protections in South Korea.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes married couples only.
    No information about when adoption regualtions went into effect. Date shown is when the Republic of Korea (South Korea) was founded.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
  • May 14
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    The age of consent in Israel is 16 for male-male, female-female, and male-female sex.
  • January 1
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    No
  • December 25
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    Unsure of date. Date shown represents ratification of the Taiwanese Constitution. The age of consent in Taiwan is 16 (sixteen).
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Unsure of date which reflects the ratification of the current constitution of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Taiwanese criminal code treats sexual acts between same-sex partners in private as equal to heterosexual sex acts performed in private.
  • December 22
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
  • June 13
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    Spouses and single persons may adopt but the law does not recognise same-sex spouses and favours females as single adopters.
  • May 3
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Nationwide workplace protections pending.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    still in process of recognizing it by cities.
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    The national age of consent is 13 for both same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples. Cities and prefectures may set higher ages of consent.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    Japan does not have LGBT protections from discrimination in employment, housing, etc. The Japanese Constitution promises equal rights to all and this is widely interpretted as extending to LGBT citizens.
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes ambiguous.
    The Japanese do not have a specific policy either banning or encouraging LGBT participation in the Self Defense Forces. Research by Sabine Fruhstuck has shown that many Japanese do not object to open LGBT service in the military provided it does not interfere with their performance.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Article 24 of the Japanese Constitution states that "marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes and it shall be maintained through mutual cooperation with the equal rights of husband and wife as a basis".
  • August 18
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes don't ask, don't tell.
    Under state of the world 2018
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    as far as I know.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    There are no anti-LGBT discrimination protections.
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes don't ask, don't tell.
    There is not a specific law against LGBT military service however, gay and lesbian Indonesians face discrimination when attempting to serve in the military.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    The date is the ratification of the Indonesian Constitution. Same-sex marriage is not a legislative priority in Indonesia.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    The date listed is the ratification of the Indonesian Constitution. Homosexuality is legal in Indonesia with the exception of Aceh and South Sumatra.
  • August 15
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes illegal.
    Article 92 of the South Korean Military Code provides punishment for gay men in the South Korean Military including dishonorable discharge.
  • May 5
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • September 3
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Belgium was liberated in September of 1944. Belgian civil law reverted back to pre-war laws.
  • July 17
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Gay marriage Legalization required under 2018 IACHR Ruling.
  • July 1
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Homosexual activity has been legal in Sweden since 1944.
  • June 17
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Chapter 5, article 1 defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
  • March 1
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Imprisonment of up to 1 year for sexual acts that go against the nature.
  • (date unknown)
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Some symbolic civil unions are recognized in select regions though no full and meaningful recognition is given.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • December 7
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    Age of consent = 14 years old
  • August 12
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    The Icelandic parliament decriminalizes homosexuality, removes the provision of the law that made homosexuality illegal.
  • May 28
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Belgium was under German occupation during World War II and thus Paragraph 175 was in effect.
  • May 15
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    During the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II homosexuality was criminalized by Paragraph 175.
  • January 30
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Homosexuality is technically legal. However public display of homosexual affections can be persecuted due to some other obscure laws.