2002 in LGBT Rights

In 2002, there were 16 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 47 changes made and 102 in the following year. A total of 589 legal changes were made in the 2000s.

  • November 7
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    As in the UK, IVF treatment is available for lesbian couples too.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    IVF treatment is available for lesbian couples too.
  • September 10
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Legal under the case of Du Toit v Minister of Welfare and Population Development, later made official through the Consolidated Children's Act of 2010
  • September 1
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • August 31
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Under the Romanian Criminal Code.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
  • July 11
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    Equalised age of consent at 16.
  • June 24
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    The age of consent between people with maximum 5 years of difference is 14. Sexual contact between coetaneous is never punishable.
  • June 6
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
  • May
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    Taiwan allows gay and lesbian soldiers provided they maintain military discipline standards.
  • April 17
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • March 12
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    The adoption requirement does not allow for unmarried couples or single parents of any form to apply for adoption of children.
  • March 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes illegal.
    Same-sex couples or even homosexuals are not allowed to adopt in Kenya. Chapter 141, Section 158 of Kenya's The Children Act states: "An adoption order shall not be made if the applicant or, in the case of joint applicants, both or any of them [...] is a homosexual."
  • February 13
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    Serving as openly homosexual was never illegal in the military penal code. This provision was strengthened with the anti-discrimination provision proposed in 2010
  • January 15
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Law 14170 of January 15, 2002. Determines the imposition of penalties for companies who practice discriminatory act against a person because of their sexual orientation.
  • January 6
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    Age of consent is equal and is set at 14.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 2002

  • MassEquality FaviconMassEquality
    MassEquality is the leading Massachusetts grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without…
  • Boys of Bangladesh FaviconBoys of Bangladesh
    Boys of Bangladesh (BoB), is the largest network of self-identified Bangladeshi gay men. It is a non-registered, non-funded and non-formal group run by a pull of dedicated…
  • Zagreb Pride Organization FaviconZagreb Pride Organization
    Zagreb Pride Organization is the organization that runs Zagreb Pride, the LGBT pride march in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.
  • Equality Alabama FaviconEquality Alabama
    Equality Alabama's mission is to advance equality for LGBTQ Alabamians where they live, work, learn and play through education and advocacy.
  • National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce FaviconNational Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
    The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global not-for-profit advocacy organization specifically dedicated…