2012 in LGBT Rights

In 2012, there were 84 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 110 changes made and 123 in the following year. A total of 735 legal changes have been made so far in the 2010s.

  • December 25
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
  • December 5
    Same-sex marriage becomes ambiguous.
    Same-sex marriages celebrated via judicial proceedings / court order.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    No
  • November 8
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    In 2012, Maryland legalized same-sex marriage.
  • November 6
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    In 2012, Maine legalized same-sex marriage.
  • October 12
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Ontario-born can now change their assigned gender on their birth certificate without proof of surgery. Other documents can be changed regardless of birthplace without proof of surgery.
  • October 2
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Not banned in UK.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    No
  • September 29
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Note that this only applies to youth (under 18 years olds)
  • September 20
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    Don't Ask, Don't Tell is officially repealed throughout the United States, and gays and lesbians may openly serve.
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    Don't Ask, Don't Tell is officially repealed throughout the United States, and gays and lesbians may openly serve.
  • September 12
    Same-sex marriage becomes varies by region.
    A registered celebrant is not permitted to conduct legally binding commitment ceremonies for same-sex couples, although they may conduct non-legally binding ceremonies as long as both the couple and those attending are under no illusion that the ceremony
  • July 31
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • July 12
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    The anti-discrimination law penalizes the arbitrary discrimination and includes protection for discrimination of sexual orientation and gender identity
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    The anti-discrimnation law penalizes the arbitrary discrimination and includes protection for discrimination of sexual orientation and gender identity
  • July 1
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
    Homosexual men who are sexually active with other men can not donate blood in China, however, in 2012, the Chinese Ministry of Health lifted the ban against lesbians donating blood.
  • June 27
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    Therapy is required.
  • June 21
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Malta's hate crime laws include both gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • June 15
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
  • May 24
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    People have a right to change their legal gender without approval from a doctor or a judge. Sex reassignment surgery and hormonal treatments are not required, but they are provided by the state for free to anyone who requests them. Several people had had their legal gender changed before the Gender Identity Law through court decisions, including popular actress, TV host and trans woman Flor de la V.
  • May 8
    Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Constitutional ban under Amendment One ballot initiative in 2011 and 2012.
  • May 3
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Same-Sex Marriage became legal in Quintana Roo on May 12, 2012 after the Secretary of State announced to legalize Same-Sex Marriage
  • April 30
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Sexual orientation is protected from employment discrimination in the most recently passed law on labor in Venezuela. (Although it has been protected in some form or other since 1996)
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    Labour law protects sexual minority individuals from discrimination. Gender identity is not explicitly stated however.
  • April 23
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    only sexual orientation
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    only sexual orientation.
  • April 20
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes n/a.
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled on April 20, 2012 that an employer who discriminates against an employee or applicant on the basis of the person’s gender identity is violating the prohibition on sex discrimination contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • April 11
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    It is legal in Ontario to change one's birth certificate and driver's license without surgery, provided (among other items) a signed letter from a physician or psychologist.
  • April 9
    Same-sex adoption becomes ambiguous.
    There is no specific exclusion for same-sex couples. It is legal, however, to deny adoption based on religious grounds.
  • March 26
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
  • March 9
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    The Penal Code Act of 2010 decriminalized homosexuality.
  • January 6
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Contained in the state constitution and is regulated by Law number 7383
  • (date unknown)
    Homosexual activity becomes ambiguous.
    A new Penal Code was adopted in 2012 but unclear whether it has entered into forced. Appears to remove previous punishments.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes ambiguous.
    Cambodia no longer bans gay foreign couples from adopting. It is unclear if gay and lesbian Cambodian citizens can adopt.
  • January 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Since after 2011
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No
  • (date unknown)
    Right to change legal gender becomes varies by region.
    Legal gender change has many different contexts within Canada. Birth certificate is arguably the most recognized authoritative statement of gender. Changes to this document are regulated province by province. Some require proof of surgery for a certificate change, others require a psychologist's statement. For citizens born outside of Canada, recognition is at the federal level in the form of changes to one's certificate of Canadian citizenship and/or passport which at present requires proof of surgery to obtain.
  • January 1
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • (date unknown)
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate blood
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate blood
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate blood
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate blood
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate blood.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate blood
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate blood.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate blood
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate blood
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate blood
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate blood
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate blood
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate blood
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate blood
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate blood
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate blood
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate blood
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate bloo
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate blood
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate blood
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM can donate blood
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    MSM requires surgery
  • January 1
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    when they decriminalized homosexuality.
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    According to Wikipedia.
  • (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 housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Various forms of discrimination are prohibited for protected classes including sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 2012

  • TransMan Pilipinas FaviconTransMan Pilipinas
    TransMan Piilipinas is a group for transgender men in the Philippines. It is a safe place to express yourself, opinion and experiences regarding your transition/pre…