1980 in LGBT Rights

In 1980, there were 9 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 7 changes made and 3 in the following year. A total of 163 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 ; fine between 100,000 and 500,000 CFA ( US 170- 870 dollars) Not enforced.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Same sex marriage is not legal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    1-3 years in prison, 100 000-500 000 cfa fine
  • April 18
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    Although Zimbabwean constitution does state "All citizens are equal", sexual orientations and gender identities are not protected.
  • February 20
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • 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 Organizations Founded in 1980