1970s in LGBT Rights

Number of LGBT-related laws changed over time
  • January 1
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
    According to the Turkish Red Crescent.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    According to the ESAT. as well as Pink news. No deferrals since 2018.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    under the section 15 of Canadian Rights and Freedoms.
  • (date unknown)
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Homosexual acts were legalized prior to the federal ruling which legalized homosexuality for all federal jurisdictions in 2003.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
    Prior to November 2011, a lifetime ban was in place for MSM
  • January 1
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Legislative repeal, effective 1980.
  • (date unknown)
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
  • October 24
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    Homosexuality has the death penalty there.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    Formally, Iranian government believes every citizen to be heterosexual, stripping protection for LGBTQ+ community.
  • January 1
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    No
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    every citizen is required to give blood in cuba.
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    No
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Under the Home Rule Act
  • (date unknown)
    Equal age of consent becomes n/a.
    Homosexual sex is illegal. Also, sexual activity outside of marriage is illegal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Spain was the third country to formally legalize same-sex marriage.
  • December 31
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • July 7
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Under sex Section of the criminal Code but doesn't explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identity. From the 2016 revision of the Criminal Code.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    No constitutional ban. but homosexuality is illegal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    5 to 7 years in prison under the crime of buggery. Maximum is 14 years in prison. Not enforced.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    Homosexuality is illegal there.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    Homosexual activity is illegal in the Solomon Islands.
  • Equal age of consent becomes n/a.
    Homosexual activity is illegal in the Solomon Islands.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes n/a.
    Homosexual activity is illegal in the Solomon Islands.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Anal sex between two consenting males will be sentenced to 14 years in prison. Attempted anal sex will reult in seven years in prison. Acts of "gross indecendy" will receive five years in prison.
  • January 1
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    No
  • (date unknown)
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Homosexual acts were legalized prior to the federal ruling which legalized homosexuality for all federal jurisdictions in 2003.
  • January 1
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    Age of consent are 15 regardless of sexual orientation.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Legislative repeal, effective 1978.
  • (date unknown)
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
  • November 4
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    As of 2009, the courts also ruled that transgender individuals are also permitted to serve in the military.
  • July 1
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Legislative repeal, effective 1977.
  • June 9
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized, same-sex marriage and civil unions banned.
    They also do not recognize same-sex marriages performed outside of the state.
  • June 2
    Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Minnesota laws are changed to explicitly outlaw same-sex marriage through adding the words "between one man and a woman".
  • April 26
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    Homosexuality is illegal hence by default there are no discrimination protection extended to LGBTQ+ community.
  • January 1
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
    Legalization pending.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    All across the US.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    No
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    as part of Montenegro.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Protection under the BC Human Rights Code.
  • (date unknown)
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    Canadian Human Rights Act (1977, cited 1985) Gender identity is not spelled out in the BC Human Rights Code. However, there are a set of strict guidelines of exempt cases for housing protections on the basis of sexual orientation.
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • January 1
    Equal age of consent becomes unequal.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
    Federal policy as per Food & Drug Administration
  • (date unknown)
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
    Date shown is when US banned gay male blood donations.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
    Date is when the United States banned gay male blood donors.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
    United States federal law bans the donation of blood by men who have sex with men.
  • October 7
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Less than ten years in prison. Not enforced. Decriminalization pending.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (death penalty as punishment).
    Article 427 states homosexuality will suffer long imprisonments (along with Adultery.) In addition, article 398 states that honour killing is legal
  • July 19
    Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Homosexuality is currently illegal. Criminalized since July 20, 2012.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    1 year in prison under crime of sodamy. Not enforced.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Same sex marriage is not legal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Imprisonment of up to one year is the penalty of sodomy.
  • June 11
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    * \"From\" date taken from earliest recorded specific legislation on the matter. MSM is not contemplated as a criterion for exclusion. Information regarding blood donation by MSM during the Franco dictatorship is unknown, but was probably outlawed along with the practice of homosexuality. No specific legal texts from that historical time period address the issue.
  • May 1
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Legislative repeal, effective 1976.
  • March 20
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    no laws or conditions in place restricting adoption in Bahrain. No laws in place for same sex couples.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    None are in the criminal code.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • Homosexual activity becomes ambiguous.
    Not technically illegal. but certain sections of the criminal code have been used to prosecute LGBT people.
  • Homosexual activity becomes ambiguous.
    Bahrain may consider homosexuality as "immoral", although homosexual activity is not explicitly illegal. However there has been documented cases of arrests being made towards homosexual people on virtue of them being homosexuals
  • January 1
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    No such laws outlawing or criminalizing gay couples.
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    age of consent is set at 21.
  • Equal age of consent becomes unequal.
    Age of consent for same sex acts is 21
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Legislative repeal, effective 1976.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • (date unknown)
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    Age of consent is 15 regardless of sexual orientation; 18 for special cases between two individuals where one is in custody of the other, or who gives consent in the presence of the other's "abusing superior age or experience."
  • November 25
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    In all areas since 2017.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    All areas and includes hate crimes.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    According to wikiwand.com
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    since 2017
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
  • November 15
    Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    six months in prison and a fine.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Upto 3 years
  • June 20
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • February 14
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Civil Unions proposed and Gay marriage pending. As well as legalization of Gay marriage is proposed. Required legalization under 2018 AICHR Ruling. Mariela Castro is pushing for same sex marriage. Constitution is being revised.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Article 2 of the code of the family defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman
  • January 1
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    No
  • (date unknown)
    Homosexual activity becomes ambiguous.
    Mozambique's penal code included a clause against against individuals "who habitually engage in vices against nature," however, there had been no known prosecutions under the clause.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • January 1
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    The Age of consent in Kentucky is 16 years old.
  • June 15
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    No
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    The penal code does not mention homosexuality explicitly and thus is assumed to be legal
  • April 15
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    People v. Gibson, Colorado Supreme Court (1974)
  • February 16
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    six months to 3 Years in Prison under the revision of the criminal code. under the crime of homosexuality. Not enforced. Decriminalization pending.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    According to Article 33 of the Omani Penal Code: "The following are deemed as disgracing crimes: [...] Homosexual and lesbian intercourses." Article 223, "Homosexual and Lesbian Intercourses" states: "Any one who commits erotic acts with a person of the same sex shall be sentenced to imprisonment from six months to three years. The suspects of homosexual or lesbian intercourse shall be prosecuted without a prior complaint, if the act results in a public scandal. The suspects of lesbian intercourse among ascendants, descendants or sisters shall only be prosecuted upon a complaint from a relative or a relative by marriage forth-degree removed."
  • (date unknown)
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Alaskan State Statute provides any unmarried individual may petition for adoption; married individuals must petition together. Second parent adoption has been permitted by some lower court judges, but it is not confirmed by appellate court case law or state statute.
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    The Netherlands is responsible for defence.
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    The Netherlands is responsible for defence.
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    The Netherlands is responsible for defence.
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    The Netherlands became the first country to allow gay soldiers to serve in the military openly.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Kentucky Revised Statutes were revised in 1974 to criminalize non-procreative sexual acts only between people of the same sex. A conviction could have led to up to 12 months in prison and a fine of up to $500.
  • December 21
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    court decision on legalization pending on gay marriage. Civil Unions pending. New president supports same sex marriage.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Article 242 of the family law states explicitly that marriage is between a man and a woman who has cohabited for more than 3 years. The recent movement of "accidental passage" of same sex marriage has not taken effect or exercised.
  • April 12
    Equal age of consent becomes unequal.
    Full age of consent equalization pending. Only equal age of consent in Punjab.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Full protection since 2017. Including Sexual orientation discrimination protection through human rights institute.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Full protection since 2017.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Full protection since 2018. As well Hate crime laws pending for transgender people.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No protection is afforded
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No protection is afforded
  • Equal age of consent becomes unequal.
    Age of marrying for men is 18 and age of marrying for women is 16. No explicit age of consent for sexual activity is set. However, homosexuality is illegal.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
  • January 29
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    In 1973, homosexuality was decriminalized in Malta by the Prime Minister, Dom Mintoff.
  • January 1
    Saba,
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    Since they are defended by the Dutch.
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    Defended by Dutch.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • (date unknown)
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • January 1
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Legislative repeal, effective 1973.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Legislative repeal, effective 1973.
  • December 2
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • October 11
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Court decision pending on legalization of gay unions, Marriage.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    there is only protection is sexual orientation protection for employment only.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Article 58 of the 1972 constitution defines marriage as a different-sex union
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    There are no provision explicitly protecting LGBT people
  • July 1
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    See article below.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
  • June 17
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • June 2
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    Homosexuality is illegal there.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No protections because homosexuality is still illegal.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
  • March 1
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • December 2
    LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    LGBT Arabs are showing themselves online for the first time.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    The UAE constitution, which came into effect on December 2, 1971, does not reference any protections against housing discrimination on the basis of gender or sexuality.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    The UAE constitution, which came into effect on December 2, 1971, does not reference any protections against employment discrimination on the basis of gender or sexuality.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    The UAE constitution, which came into effect on December 2, 1971, does not reference any protections against discrimination on the basis of gender or sexuality.
  • October 1
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Legislative repeal, effective 1971.
  • September 11
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    Homosexuality is currently illegal.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    Homosexuality is currently illegal.
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes illegal.
    Homosexuality is illegal. which makes it impossible. no laws prohibiting or criminalizing them serving.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    activism is starting Online for Arabic countries.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    Since the founding of Egypt, there hasn't been any protection for LGBTQ+ community
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    Since the founding of Egypt, there hasn't been any protections for LGBTQ+ community
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
  • August 16
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • August 8
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    In all of Asia.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
  • February 12
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    No
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Marriage is defined as a union between a man and a woman
  • January 1
    Saba,
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    No
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    No
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    No
  • (date unknown)
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    It was not until 1980s that homosexuality was not treated as an illness
  • January 1
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes ambiguous.
    Between these time frames, the military often sent homosexual soldiers to psychiatric hospitals for shock therapy and, in some cases, sexual reassignment surgeries. Between 1967 and 1991, all white males over the age of 16 were conscripted in South Africa
  • January 1
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    Requires surgery and sterilization.