2012 in LGBT Rights

In 2012, there were 38 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 122 changes made and 151 in the following year. A total of 1074 legal changes have been made so far in the 2010s.

  • December 25
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
  • December 5
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    No
  • Same-sex marriage becomes ambiguous.
    Same-sex marriages celebrated via judicial proceedings / court order.
  • 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.
    No
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Not banned in UK.
  • 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    Don't Ask, Don't Tell is officially repealed throughout the United States, and gays and lesbians may openly serve.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    Don't Ask, Don't Tell is officially repealed throughout the United States, and gays and lesbians may openly serve.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 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
  • 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 discrimination becomes illegal.
  • 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, surgery not required.
    Not required since 2017.
  • 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 employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    Labour law protects sexual minority individuals from discrimination. Gender identity is not explicitly stated however.
  • 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)
  • April 23
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    only sexual orientation.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    only sexual orientation
  • April 20
    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.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
  • 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.
  • March 1
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Temporary deferral.
  • February 12
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    According to the Grenadian Blood Bank.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    according to the blood bank there and on facebook.
  • January 6
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Contained in the state constitution and is regulated by Law number 7383

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…