1978 in LGBT Rights

In 1978, there were 9 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 23 changes made and 9 in the following year. A total of 152 legal changes were made in the 1970s.

  • 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.
    Homosexuality is illegal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    5 to 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.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 1978

  • Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) FaviconGay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
    Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of…
  • Human Rights First FaviconHuman Rights First
    Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. Human Rights First believes American leadership is…
  • Samtökin 78 FaviconSamtökin 78
    Samtökin ‘78, The National Queer Organization, is an interest and an activist group for lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, transgender and intersex people in…