1949 in LGBT Rights

In 1949, there were 29 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 17 changes made and 11 in the following year. A total of 85 legal changes were made in the 1940s.

  • October 1
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    More gay friendly than in the USA. Discrimination protections pending regionally.
  • 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 sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Nationwide.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Nationwide.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Full discriminiation protections pending for transgender people. Sexual orientation discrimination protection through human rights institute. Full discrimination protection pending.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Nationwide.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Nationwide.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Nationwide.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    nationwide.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Nationwide.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Nationwide.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Nationwide.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Nationwide.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Nationwide.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    In all areas.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Nationwide.
  • 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 sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Full discrimination protection pending nationwide.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Transgender discrimination protections pending. Sexual orientation discrimination protection through human rights institute. Full discrimination protections pending.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    No known anti-discrimination protections exist for sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • June 22
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    In Kurdistan, Syria, foreign same sex marriage recognized under EU law.
  • Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    Up to 3 years in prison in areas controlled by Syria. Not enforced. Legal in turkey held areas. Decriminalization pending. As well legal in Kurdistan.
  • 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..."