1973 in LGBT Rights

In 1973, there were 11 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 152 legal changes were made in the 1970s.

  • December 21
    Same-sex marriage becomes foreign same-sex marriages recognized only.
    court decision on legalization pending on gay marriage. Civil Unions pending. New president supports same sex marriage. Under the ruling from the Inter American Human rights Ruling in 2018. As well Costa Rican High Court Ruled Article 242 of family law is unconstitutional.
  • 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.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 1973

  • Lambda Legal FaviconLambda Legal
    Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through…
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force FaviconNational Gay and Lesbian Task Force
    The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.