2015 in LGBT Rights

In 2015, there were 116 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 145 changes made and 155 in the following year. A total of 1074 legal changes have been made so far in the 2010s.

  • December 23
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    The Civil Union act also equalized the age of consent at 15
  • Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
    The Greek Parliament voted in a proposal that allows for Civil Partnership between same sex individuals
  • December 22
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Punishment of 3 years.
  • December 21
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Under FDA. FDA proposing to lift ban. Still a 1 year ban according to the American Red Cross.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    FDA issued a new directive allowing for blood donation after a 1 year deferral.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    After a series of recommendations, the FDA has moved to a 12 months degerral
  • December 18
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Now same sex adoption is possible for not only individuals but same sex couples.
  • December 17
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    .
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    .
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    .
  • December 9
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Only in the City of Cincinnati.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • November 26
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Surgery and or judicial permission not required since 2016.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    New announcement made by the Justice Ministers means transgender people will be able to change their name and gender on official IDs. It is unclear whether surgery will be required or not.
  • November 23
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No requirements since 2017
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    The Vietnamese Government voted overwhelmingly in favour of legalizing the right to change an individual's legal gender
  • November 16
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015 (bill no.5 of 2015)
  • November 13
    Right to change legal gender becomes ambiguous.
    Unrecognized
  • November 12
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Since 2015 full protections.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Under the Ukrainian Parliament.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    LGBT discrimination is prohibited at the employment level
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    The Ukraine parliament voted to change the country's labor code to include protection against employment discrimination regardless of "race, colour, political, religious and other beliefs, sex gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnic, social and foreign origin, age, health, disability, or suspected presence of HIV/AIDS, family and property status, family responsibilities, place of residence, or participation in a strike."
  • November 4
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    According to CNN.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    New regulations allow for 12 months deferral. This law will be reviewed again in 2017 to consider no deferral for men who have sex with men.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Previously couples could only adopt a child if it was from one of the partners, but the same-sex adoption law allows homosexual couples the same rights as heterosexual couples.
  • October 28
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    12-month deferral for males who have sex with male
  • October 25
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Only illegal in Aceh and South Sumatra and the city of Palembang.
  • October 23
    Homosexual activity becomes varies by region.
    Aceh's law on criminalizing same sex behaviour for Muslim men came into effect on October 23rd, 2015.
  • October 22
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
    Legalization Pending.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
    Since 2015, same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples have the same legal protections available to opposite-sex married couples, within a civil union - except for adoption rights and the title of marriage.
  • October 21
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    No
  • October 1
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Before October 1st, a proof of surgery was required. With Bill n°35 : An Act to amend the Civil Code as regards civil status, successions and the publication of rights, it's not required anymore. ''SECTION IV CHANGE OF DESIGNATION OF SEX 71. Every person whose sexual identity does not correspond to the designation of sex that appears in that person's act of birth may, if the conditions prescribed by this Code and by government regulation have been met, have that designation and, if necessary, the person's given names changed. These changes may in no case be made dependent on the requirement to have undergone any medical treatment or surgical operation whatsoever.'' (Civil Code of Québec) To qualify to change the sex designation appearing on your act of birth, you must: - be 18 years of age or over; - hold Canadian citizenship; - be domiciled in Québec for at least one year. If you were born in Québec but live elsewhere, you may also qualify to change your sex designation if you show that such an amendment is not possible in the province or country in which you are domiciled. If you qualify to apply, you must complete the Application to Change the Sex Designation Appearing on an Act of Birth form and provide the documents indicated on the form. In particular, you must provide an affidavit in which you affirm: - that the designation of sex requested is the designation that best corresponds your sexual identity; - that you assume that sexual identity and intend to continue doing so; - that you understand the seriousness of the undertaking; - that your undertaking is voluntary and your consent is given in a free and enlightened manner. You must also include: - the affidavit of a person of full age who attests to having known you for at least one year and who confirms that you are fully aware of the seriousness of your application; - if you have already obtained a change of the designation of sex that appears in your act of birth, you must also include a letter from a physician, a psychologist, a psychiatrist or a sexologist authorized to practice in Canada or in the State in which you are domiciled, who declares having evaluated or followed you and is of the opinion that the change of the designation is appropriate having regard to the affidavit you made in support of your initial application. (Directeur de l'état civil Québec, change of sex designation)
  • September 16
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Ban on donation was lifted
  • September 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    No
  • August 24
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    No
  • August 21
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    got only banned for attempting sexual orientation therapy.
  • August 20
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    The Governor signed into law banning conversation therapy for youth. THe law will go into effect on January 1st, 2016.
  • August 15
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    No
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • July 30
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    only banned in some cities in florida.
  • July 29
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    they don't want to be know as a sex change hospital.
  • July 23
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    A Supreme Court decision overruled the surgery requirement to change one's legal gender.
  • July 16
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that “[A]llegations of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation necessarily state a claim of discrimination on the basis of sex”, and are barred by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This ruling applies at both the state and federal level. Furthermore, 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.
  • July 15
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    For adults over 18, individuals can change their legal gender without a surgery. However, for individuals between the age of 16-18, there is a "route to recognition"
  • July 10
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Same-Sex Marriage became legal in the Mexican state of Guerrero on July 10,2015.
  • July 1
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    No
  • June 30
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Although not explicitly mentioned in the penal code, the justice minister clarified that homosexuality is not an offence in Mozembique. New penal code explicitly removed "crimes against nature", leaving no ground whatsoever for homosexuality to be illegal. It is expected to go into effect June 29th, 2015.
  • June 26
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    No
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Puerto Rico legalizes gay marriage after US Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Shortly after the ruling, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, the governor of Puerto Rico, signed an executive order requiring government agencies to be compliant with the ruling.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    In a ruling by the US Supreme Court, all 50 states must now issue marriage licenses for same sex couples and recognize same-sex marriages performed in any state.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    After a 5-4 vote in Supreme Court attempts by conservative states to ban same-sex marriage were overturned making it legal across the USA.
  • June 19
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Currently being discussed by Chilean Senate.
  • June 12
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    .
  • June 9
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    both sexual and gender conversation therapy is banned.
  • June 4
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    On June 4, Ontario unanimously passed a Bill 77 "Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Act" banning "any practice that seeks to change or direct the sexual orientation or gender identity of a patient under 18 years of age, including efforts to change or direct the patient's behavior or gender expression."
  • June 1
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    .
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    .
  • May 27
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Greenland parliament unanimously approves same sex marriage
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Parliament unanimously approved same sex marriage
  • May 25
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No constitutional ban on lgbt serving.
  • May 22
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    No
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    First province to ban it.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    SB353 passed final vote in Nevada on May 22, 2015 banning conversion therapy for homosexual youths, however, while it passed, protections for transgender persons were not included. The bill has passed, but has been referred to committee to discuss the amendment.
  • May 19
    Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    Conversion therapy is banned for Minors. Technically conversion therapy is not banned for adults though close to all professional guidelines prohibits it.
  • May 18
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    25 years in prison if committed by adult. five if commited by minor. not enforced. human rights activists are looking at decriminalization.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Most offenses are still in effect as per the 1986 law. However, the anal intercourse provision between minors have been removed.
  • May 17
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    In addition to the existing HIV/AIDS law, public workers are now also protected. Within federal agencies, same sex partnerships are also required to be recognized as a family when requesting time off for spousal medical emergencies.
  • May 15
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    After suggestions from the British government and approval by local council, same sex marriage is now legal.
  • May 12
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    According to Canadian Blood Bank. Since 2016.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    No
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    No
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    No
  • May 10
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    European court found the sterilization requirement in Article 40 of the Civil Code to be unconstitutional. " A person who wishes to change their gender may request permission to change their gender by applying in person to the court. However, for the permission to be granted, the applicant must be 18 years old and must be unmarried. The applicant must also be in a transsexual nature and must document the necessity to change their gender for their mental health and that they are permanently deprived of reproductive abilities through an official health committee report obtained from an education and research hospital. Depending on the permission granted, once the gender reassignment surgery fit for the aim and medical methods has been completed and verified by an official health committee report, the court decides to make the necessary changes in the population registry."
  • April 20
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    In 2015, a labor reform made it illegal for employers to discriminate against people due to their sexual orientation.
  • April 15
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Only in certain cities.
  • April 4
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    As Same Sex Marriage is now fully legal, same sex couples can adopt children. One month before it became legal, same sex couples can also adopt children.
  • March 25
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    Requires sterilization.
  • March 13
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Only under federal law.
  • March 12
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Discrimination on grounds of housing and employment is prohibited for both sexual orientations and gender identities
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Anti discrimination bill in housing and employment for sexual orientations and gender identities passes and becomes law
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    LGBT Anti discrimination bill in housing and employment passes and becomes law
  • March 10
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    In Bill 10, a bill ensuring the right of students to form gay-straight alliances in Alberta schools, amendments were added before it was passed adding protection of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to the Alberta Bill of Rights. Bill 10 goes into effect on June 1, 2015. The Alberta Human Rights Act has not yet been explicitly modified to include gender identity and gender expression, though they continue to be read in implicitly by the Alberta Human Rights Commission.
  • March 6
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • March 4
    Same-sex adoption becomes step-child adoption only.
    It will become legal in 2019.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    they Just legalized it today.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes other type of partnership.
    Same sex marriage was legalized by the parliament. However, this measure was defeated in a referendum on December 20th, 2015.
  • March 2
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    March ended the long legal fight to same sex adoption with same sex couples now allowed to become foster parents, completely equalizing their rights to adopt
  • February 12
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    After the ban on same sex marriage was found to be unconstitutional, federal judge ordered that marriage licenses be issued.
  • February 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    it is currently legal
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Proof of surgery is no longer required to change one's gender on official documents
  • January 26
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Under the Revision of the Thai Criminal Code.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Under the revision of Thailand Criminal Code.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Under Thailand Criminal Code.
  • January 21
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Israelis can now change their legal gender without sex-reassignment surgery as ordered by the Supreme Court
  • January 20
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    No
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Macedonia passed a constitutional amendment explicitly stating marriage as a union between a man and a woman
  • January 16
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Gender identity is now an explicit protected ground in the labour code.
  • January 14
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Same sex couples can have the same right to adopt as different-sex couples
  • January 6
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Since 2017
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    NAC 440.130 provides allowance for persons to change gender on birth certificates and other vital records so long as a certifying physicians signs off on the persons gender identity.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 2015

  • Shams FaviconShams
    The fight against homophobia and launch a social debate on homosexuality.