1982 in LGBT Rights

In 1982, there were 12 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 4 changes made and 93 in the following year. A total of 207 legal changes were made in the 1980s.

  • December 8
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Homosexual activity in Northern Ireland has been legal since 1982.
  • December 4
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    No laws for same sex couples.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes varies by region.
    Recognized for some limited purposes in Beijing, Hong Knong. Civil Unions pending. Their was a symbolic First Gay marriage in China in 2009. As well as in Beijing. Gay unions and gay marriage pending in Hong Kong.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes illegal.
    The China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) does not allow same-sex couples to adopt, nor does it allow foreign same-sex couples to adopt a baby from China.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    There are no laws in China recognizing same-sex relationships or marriage.
  • September 23
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • August 14
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Under the revision of sex change law in 2018. Missing non binary options.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    It is legal for individuals to change their legal gender without having to go through gender reassignment surgery.
  • August 4
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    The age of consent in France is 15 for both male-male, female-female, and male-female sex.
  • May 8
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    two to five years in prison and a fine of 50,000 to 1,000,000 francs ( US 120 to 2,320) Not enforced. Decriminalization pending.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Up to 5 years imprisonment and/or 1,000,000 franc fine.
  • April 14
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    Surgery is required

LGBT Organizations Founded in 1982

  • Anti Violence Project FaviconAnti Violence Project
    AVP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports…