2005 in LGBT Rights

In 2005, there were 59 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 52 changes made and 47 in the following year. A total of 515 legal changes were made in the 2000s.

  • December 27
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    State Law 3157 of December 27, 2005
  • December 18
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
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  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
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  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
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  • December 15
    Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Section 110 explicitly states marriage as being a union between a man and a woman.
  • December 5
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
  • September 28
    Equal age of consent becomes unequal.
    16 for heterosexual males/females. No established age of consent for homosexual males/females, but they can be charged with engaging in consensual activity starting at age 12.
  • August
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
  • July 21
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Imprisonment of up to 7 years
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Fourteen years in prison to life in prison under unnatural acts/ indecent acts.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Homosexuality is not legal in Gambia.
  • July 20
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Same-sex marriage in Canada became legal with The Civil Marriage Act.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Civil Marriage Act 2005 (Canada)
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The Civil Marriage Act was passed at a federal level, overriding provincial marriage law.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Under bill C-38.
  • July 16
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes varies by region.
    No
  • July 4
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Under the Civil Marriage Act.
  • July 3
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Included in equal marriage legislation
  • May 4
    Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    The 2005 constitution explicitly prohibits the marriage or union between two people of the same sex
  • April 26
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
  • April 8
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Kansas voters adopted a constitutional amendment in April 2005 that said "Marriage shall be constituted by one man and one woman only" and banned granting the "rights or incidents" of marriage to other relationships.
  • April 4
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Surgery is not required
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    The Act gives transsexual people legal recognition as members of the sex appropriate to their gender (male or female) allowing them to acquire a new birth certificate, affording them full recognition of their acquired sex in law for all purposes, including marriage.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    As in United Kingdom
  • March 23
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Same-sex couples can register their partnership under the name "Stable Union of a Couple". Second link written in Catalan
  • March 18
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Burundian constitution prohibits same-sex marriage
  • January 11
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    it is the more open-minded place besides Nepal.
  • (date unknown)
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • January 1
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    No
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized, same-sex marriage and civil unions banned.
    Known as Amendment 3.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No
  • (date unknown)
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
  • January 1
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Anti-discrimination laws in hate speech and violence
  • (date unknown)
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    Sex-reassignment surgery is required to change legal documents in Kentucky.
  • January 1
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • (date unknown)
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Gay men in Japan are banned from donating blood following one (1) year after male-male sexual contact. Japanese Red Cross opposses this practice.
  • January 1
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    No
  • (date unknown)
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
  • January 1
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    No
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
  • (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.
  • January 1
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    No
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    According to the Wikipedia entry. So It might not be accurate.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    included in hate crimes as well.
  • Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    Although most therapist won't do it and only one case has been discovered.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 2005

  • Kentucky Equality Federation FaviconKentucky Equality Federation
    Kentucky Equality Federation is a public advocate for victims of discrimination, hate crimes, and school bullying. Member organizations include: Kentucky Equal Ballot Access…
  • Bisdak Pride, Inc. FaviconBisdak Pride, Inc.
    Established since 2005, Bisdak Pride, Inc. (BPI) is a product of the First Visayas-Mindanao LGBTQ Leadership Conference entitled, “In The Pink of Health” funded by the Royal…
  • Human Rights First Rwanda Association FaviconHuman Rights First Rwanda Association
    The Human Rights First Rwanda Association (HRFRA) is an organization aimed at promoting social justice and human rights education, provide legal assistance to poor and vulnerable…
  • Equality Kansas FaviconEquality Kansas
    Equality Kansas is a US organization whose mission is to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Equality Kansas is working towards their mission…
  • TENI; Transgender Equality Network Ireland FaviconTENI; Transgender Equality Network Ireland
    Global
    Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) seeks to improve conditions and advance the rights and equality of trans* people and their families. Despite significant progress in…