1983 in LGBT Rights

In 1983, there were 12 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 21 changes made and 5 in the following year. A total of 207 legal changes were made in the 1980s.

  • September
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
    Ban on blood donations from MSMs applies to any man who has had sex, even once, with another man on or after January 1, 1977.
  • July 9
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    no laws in place criminalizing gay adoption. However no laws in place for same sex couples.
  • Equal age of consent becomes unequal.
    Homosexuality is illegal.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Homosexuality is currently illegal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (death penalty as punishment).
    2 years in prison and fine and stoning. Legal in some states. death penalty rarely enforced.
  • Equal age of consent becomes unequal.
    Homosexual activity is illegal in Mauritania.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes illegal.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (death penalty as punishment).
    Male homosexuality is punishable by stoning; female homosexuality is punishable by fines or imprisonments
  • July 8
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes illegal.
    Homosexuality has the death penalty and is criminalized.
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes illegal.
    As homosexuality is illegal, serving in the military by LGBTQ+ individuals are also illegal
  • June 26
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    US Supreme Court ruling issued in Lawrence v. Texas struck down all sodomy laws on the basis of privacy and liberty. The decision overturned any laws remaining in all US states which prohibited acts of sodomy.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 1983

  • Resource Center FaviconResource Center
    Resource Center is a trusted leader that empowers the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities and all people affected by HIV through improving health and…
  • Resource Center of Dallas FaviconResource Center of Dallas
    Resource Center is a trusted leader that empowers the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities and all people affected by HIV through improving health and…