2006 in LGBT Rights

In 2006, there were 37 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 74 changes made and 54 in the following year. A total of 610 legal changes were made in the 2000s.

  • December 15
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
  • December 14
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    Homosexuality is illegal there.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    No protection exists for sexual orientation and gender identity under the current constitution. In addition, homosexuality is still currently illegal.
  • November 30
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
  • November 28
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Housing discrimination is illegal
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Employment discrimination is illegal
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Article 454 to 457 of the Luxembourgian Penal code prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender.
  • November 9
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    No
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    The labour law was amended to protect LGBTQ+ population in some aspects of the labour market.
  • November 8
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Changing your legal gender does not require surgery, however, it does require proof of some form of medical treatment for a period of two years.
  • November 7
    Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    The state election in 2006 amended the constitution to include clauses that defined marriage as being between a man and a woman.
  • November
    Same-sex marriage becomes foreign same-sex marriages recognized only.
  • October 31
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
    Pending
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized, same-sex marriage and civil unions banned.
    Article 5 Chapter 2 of the Peruvian constitution defines marriage to be a "stable union" between a man and a woman.
  • September 28
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    This state explicitly bans housing discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identification. Additionally, the Human Rights Campaign states, "The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires grantees and participants of HUD programs to comply with local and state non-discrimination laws that include sexual orientation and gender identity. HUD also prohibits inquiries regarding the sexual orientation or gender identity of a prospective tenant or applicant for assisted housing in every state (March 2012)."
  • August 18
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Landlords are not allowed to discriminate based on gender or sexual identity.
  • July 31
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Not required since 2016.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    Transgender persons can change their legal gender and name after completion of medical intervention since 2006.
  • July 25
    Same-sex marriage becomes other type of partnership.
    Registered partnership is available with very limited number of rights granted.
  • July 18
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
  • July 1
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
    Gay marriage pending.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
  • June 29
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    National law was amended in 2006 when the Treaty of Amsterdam was signed - giving all people the same rights under law.
  • June 27
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
  • June 22
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    Transgender South Koreans are permitted to change their gender on all legal documents following gender reassignment surgery.
  • June 13
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Federal regulations ban MSMs from donating blood, but it has been legal in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires since July 2013. A bill that would strike down the federal ban in other regions was passed by the lower house of Congress, but it was never considered by the Senate.
  • June 8
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Covers sexual orientation and gender identity in regard to employment, housing, and public accomodations
  • 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 housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    This state explicitly bans housing discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identification. Additionally, the Human Rights Campaign states, "The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires grantees and participants of HUD programs to comply with local and state non-discrimination laws that include sexual orientation and gender identity. HUD also prohibits inquiries regarding the sexual orientation or gender identity of a prospective tenant or applicant for assisted housing in every state (March 2012)."
  • April 21
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
  • February 18
    Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    One of the few places that has a constitutional ban on gay marriage.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    The 2006 constitution explicitly prohibits same sex marriage

LGBT Organizations Founded in 2006

  • Affirmation Scotland FaviconAffirmation Scotland
    Affirmation Scotland is a network in The Church of Scotland of LGBT Christians, their friends and supporters.
  • Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK)  FaviconGay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK)
    The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) is focused on promoting recognition, acceptance and defend the interests and rights of LGBTI organizations and their members…
  • One Iowa FaviconOne Iowa
    One Iowa is the state’s largest LGBT organization working toward full equality for LGBT individuals in Iowa through grassroots efforts and education.
  • Iniciatíva Inakos? FaviconIniciatíva Inakos?
    Global
  • Freedom Sudan FaviconFreedom Sudan
    Freedom Sudan is the only LGBT organization in Sudan. Freedom Sudan was formed in secret and all activities are carried out secretly.
  • Project 515 FaviconProject 515
    Project 515 was founded in 2006 with a single, achievable mission to create a state where marriage laws did not discriminate against LGBT persons. Minnesota had at least 515…