1980 in LGBT Rights

In 1980, there were 19 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 5 changes made and 3 in the following year. A total of 150 legal changes were made in the 1980s.

  • September 10
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    Germans can change their name and gender. Article 1 of Transsexuellengesetz (Transsexuals Act of 10 September 1980)
  • August 13
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    1-3 years in prison, 100 000-500 000 cfa fine
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    1-3 years in prison ; fine between 100,000 and 500,000 CFA ( US 170- 870 dollars)
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Same sex marriage is not legal.
  • April 18
    LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    Although Zimbabwean constitution does state "All citizens are equal", sexual orientations and gender identities are not protected.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • February 20
    LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    There have been measures proposed during 2000 and 2003 to include sexual orientations and gender identities in grounds to protect against discriminations but these measures failed.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • January 1
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Legislative repeal, effective 1980.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • (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
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    under the section 15 of Canadian Rights and Freedoms.
  • (date unknown)
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
    Prior to November 2011, a lifetime ban was in place for MSM
  • January 1
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    According to the ESAT
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    No

LGBT Organizations Founded in 1980