2001 in LGBT Rights

In 2001, there were 40 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 42 changes made and 28 in the following year. A total of 537 legal changes were made in the 2000s.

  • November 5
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    under São Paulo Law No. 10 948
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    No
  • October 29
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Supreme Court overturned 1977 law banning homosexual activity
  • October 24
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Under the new Burundi new anti-discrimination.
  • September 28
    Same-sex marriage becomes other type of partnership.
    Same-sex couples are legally able to form registered partnerships
  • September 14
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
    On September 14, 2001, the Russian Ministry of Health announced that men who have sex with men would be considered part of the "HIV high-risk groups," along with prostitutes and drug addicts.
  • September 1
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    Age of consent is equal at 16 years old.
  • August 1
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
    Germany recognizes civil unions and provides tax benefits to couples in a civil union.
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    On November 30, 2000 a bill was signed to make the ages of consent equitable, regardless of gender. The law came into effect on August 1, 2001. The age of consent for men who have sex with men was reduced from 18 to 16, on par with different sex individuals.
  • June 26
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    The last section of the law that criminalizes public manifestation of homosexuality was repealed.
  • June 12
    Same-sex marriage becomes other type of partnership.
    Marriage Law is subject to Federal Law, Victoria afforded same sex relationships equal status as defacto heterosexual relationships (as domestic partnerships) in 2001
  • May 8
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Legislative repeal, effective 2001.
  • April 1
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage. The Lower Chamber voted 109 in favor on the same-sex marriage, with 33 against on September 12, 2000. On December 19, the Higher Chamber votes 'yes' on the bill. Queen Beatrix ratified the law on December 21st and it went into effect on April 1, 2001.
  • January 31
    LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    The act explicitly states that it "does not include sexual preference or orientation" as a status which may be the basis of discrimination.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    The Equal Opportunity Act covers employment discrimination and explicitly states that it "does not include sexual preference or orientation" as a protected status. Gender identity is not mentioned in the act.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    Provision of housing is addressed by the Equal Opportunity Act which explicitly states that it "does not include sexual preference or orientation" as a protected status. Gender identity is not mentioned in the Act.
  • January 8
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
  • January 5
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • (date unknown)
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Article 1 of the Constitution of Mexico was amended to prohibit discrimination based on, among other factors, sexual orientation.
  • January 1
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    No
  • Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    In a 2001 amendment, sex change is possible but only with surgery.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    according to Google books
  • (date unknown)
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
    Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and other "high risk HIV" groups are banned from donating blood in Taiwan.
  • January 1
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    No
  • (date unknown)
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    Equal age of consent is 16.
  • January 1
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    Don't know
  • (date unknown)
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    State law provides for protections against employment discrimination in regards to both sexual orientation and gender identification.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 2001

  • Blue Diamond Society FaviconBlue Diamond Society
    The Blue Diamond Society is a Nepal LGBT rights organization that was founded in 2001. The organization works for sexual and gender minority’s social justice and rights.
  • Rainbow Health Initiative FaviconRainbow Health Initiative
    Advancing Health Equity There are significant health disparities facing members of Minnesota’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. Our goal is health equity…