2010 in LGBT Rights

In 2010, there were 53 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 78 changes made and 128 in the following year. A total of 1222 legal changes have been made so far in the 2010s.

  • November 30
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    The recent reform or the labour law includes a non discrimination article that protects gender and sexual preferences.
  • November 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    Law specifies that married couples or single individuals may adopt, but there is no same sex marriage in Ireland at present.
  • October 10
    Same-sex marriage becomes foreign same-sex marriages recognized only.
    Civil unions proposed. Gay Marriage required under the 2018 AICHR Ruling.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Marriages performed in the Kingdom of the Netherlands are recognised. They are not however performed in Aruba.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes foreign same-sex marriages recognized only.
    Marriages performed in the Kingdom of the Netherlands are recognised. They are not however performed in Curaçao. However, this doesn't mean equal treatment is given to same sex married couples (as opposed to different sex married couples)
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Marriages performed in the Kingdom of the Netherlands are recognised. They are not however performed in Sint Maarten.
  • October 8
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Discrimination is protected for sexual orientation and gender identity as per the law against racism and discrimination of any kind.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Discrimination is protected for sexual orientation and gender identity as per the law against racism and discrimination of any kind.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    The law against racism and all other forms of discrimination, in article 5a explicitly includes sexual orientation and (gender) identity.
  • October 1
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    The Equality Act 2010 made it illegal for any public or private landlord to discriminate against tenants due to many things, including sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    The Equality Act 2010 makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against any employee on the grounds of many things, including sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    All discrimination is illegal
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    All discrimination is illegal
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    All discrimination illegal
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    The Equality Act brings together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act. Combined, they make up a new Act that provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all. The Act simplifies, strengthens and harmonises the current legislation to provide Britain with a new discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society. Also covering LGBT discrimination would be the Human Rights Act, which is a fundamental piece of the legislation underpinning the Scottish Parliament.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    For Local Authorities they would be bound by Equality Act 2010 and have a duty under Public Sector Equality Duty. For private landlords would be bound by Equality Act 2010
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Laws against inciting hatred on sexual orientation through an aggravating circumstance and anti-discrimination laws in all areas on sexual orientation and gender identity (including harassment, victimisation, direct and indirect discrimination).
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
  • September 2
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
  • August 30
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    a hate crime law passed which made gender identity and expression discrimination illegal. Passed in May 5 2013. Including Incitement to hatred.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
  • August 10
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    All discrimination is illegal
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    Because of Discrimination protections for sexual orientation. Missing discrimination protections for gender identity.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
  • July 27
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    a condition to join the EU. Included in Incitement to hatred.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
  • July 15
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Same-sex adoption is legal in Argentina.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    In 2010, Argentina became the first country in Latin America to legalize gay marriage. The Senate passed the bill by a narrow margin (33 votes in favor, 27 against, and 3 abstained).
  • July 4
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • July 1
    Same-sex marriage becomes other type of partnership.
    Registered partnership is available
  • June 27
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
  • May 31
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
  • May 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes married couples only.
    Legalization pending.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes married couples only.
    Any individual can apodt regardless of thair marital status but prefecence has to be given to married couples. Joint adoption is available only for them. Second parent adoption is available for married and cohabiting couples - regardless of gender - but not for registered (same sex) partners. Same sex cohabiting couples's joint adoption has to be authorized by the Guardianship Office.
  • April 7
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    In Portugal, blood donation have rules regarding sexual behavior but they are the same for homossexual people and heterossexual.
  • April 2
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
  • April 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Made officially legal through the Consolidated Children's Act of 2010
  • March 10
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    First area in Mexico to issue same-sex licenses.
  • March 3
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    In 2010, Washington legalized same-sex marriage.
  • February 18
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Homosexuality is currently illegal.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
  • February 10
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    See the constitution – section 23, paragraph 3.
  • February 5
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
  • February 4
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Civil Unions Pending. Gay marriage pending. Backed by the prime minister. Required legalization of gay marriage under 2018 EU ruling.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
  • January 6
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Not one of the countries that outlaws gay marriage.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    No laws criminalizing this.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Homosexuality is not legal in the Central African Republic.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Article 85 prohibits "any acts against nature committed against person of same sex" with 6 months to 2 years imprisonment and fines as punishment. However, Central African Republic is currently not functioning as a state and thus the law may not be exercised.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 2010

  • It Gets Better Project FaviconIt Gets Better Project
    Global
    The It Gets Better Project's mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes…
  • Equality Michigan FaviconEquality Michigan
    Equality Michigan works to achieve full equality and respect for all people in Michigan regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Equality Michigan…
  • One Colorado FaviconOne Colorado
    One Colorado is a statewide advocacy organization dedicated to securing and protecting equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Coloradans and…
  • Identoba FaviconIdentoba
    Identoba is a Georgian gender equality and LGBT rights organization. Identoba is one the largest LGBT rights NGOs in the country.
  • All Out FaviconAll Out
    Global
    All Out is mobilizing millions of people to build a world where no person will have to sacrifice their family or freedom, safety or dignity, because of who they are or who they…
  • Geikristlaste Kogu FaviconGeikristlaste Kogu
    Geikristlaste Kogu is a religiously and politically independent non-governmental organization of gay and lesbian Christians working for equal treatment and opportunities for…