2016 in LGBT Rights

In 2016, there were 137 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 150 changes made and 176 in the following year. A total of 1162 legal changes have been made so far in the 2010s.

  • December 28
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    they provide the surgery.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    only restriction is that it can only be done by people living in Burma.
  • December 19
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    .
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    .
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    The congress Nuevo Leon, unanimously approved the law to promote equality and prevent, combat and eliminate dissolution and also prohibit any form of discrimination.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    The congress Nuevo Leon, unanimously approved the law to promote equality and prevent, combat and eliminate dissolution and also prohibit any form of discrimination.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    The congress Nuevo Leon, unanimously approved the law to promote equality and prevent, combat and eliminate dissolution and also prohibit any form of discrimination.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    The state Nuevo leon approves to promote and eliminate the discrimination.
  • December 12
    Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    They introduced to ban conversion therapy on minor for Texas that they will have a debate on september 1 , 2017
  • December 8
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    According to Israel Times.
  • December 6
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Anyone who tries to "change, repress or eliminate a person's sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression" will be fined up to 10,000 euros or even jailed for up to a year.
  • December 1
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Some protections under sex discrimination.
  • November 28
    Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    Five to Seven years in prison. Not enforced. decriminalization pending.
  • November 8
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    No
  • November 5
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    government there just started cracking down
  • October 31
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    No
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
    Legalization Pending.
  • October 29
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    only option that is legal.
  • October 26
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    No
  • October 16
    Same-sex adoption becomes illegal.
    No
  • October 15
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Judicial permission Required.
  • October 11
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Only from in Cuba. Intercountry adoption illegal.
  • September 28
    Equal age of consent becomes unequal.
    Equal Age of Consent Bill is going to come into effect in the next couple years.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Pending ban.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Pending.
  • September 27
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Some protections under the Consitution.
  • September 26
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    same-sex couple can adopt
  • Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    Not sure.
  • September 16
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    Following the amendment in the Queensland Criminal Code, the age of consent is now equal across all states and territories of Australia.
  • September 14
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Victoria law makers are looking into making this practice illegal.
  • Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    Under federal law. nothing in Puerto Rico.
  • September 12
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    According to global gays.
  • September 10
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    The law 259 allows same-sex adoption
  • September 9
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for state employment.
  • September 7
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Not banned in this state
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Only in one city.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    For people Under 18.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    Just got recently introduced in bills.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    One of the many states that has not banned it.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No law that has banned it.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Pending.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Pending.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    According to Movement Advancement Project.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    According to lgbt map
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Some places have promoted this in texas.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No law banning it.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    they have been promoting it in schools.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Not banned yet.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No ban so far.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Current information on lbgt affairs.
  • September 6
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    For those who are unclear or physical features don't match physical, biological and genetic characteristics.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    One of the many states that has not banned it.
  • August 14
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Not banned in Maryland.
  • August 12
    Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    there is a current ex-gay movement.
  • August 10
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    under city discrimination protections only. protections under sexual orientation under Nebraska hate crime law.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    under city housing discrimination protections. as well as under hate crime law.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Full protection under hate crime law. Only full discrimination protections under city protections. only protection under state employment is sexual orientation.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    some under city protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. under hate crime law for sexual orientation. complete protection under federal hate crime law.
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    got equalized when the supreme court struck down the sodomy law.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Just got legalized.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    there is local protections for gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    they have only city protections. as well as protection under federal and Louisiana hate crime law for sexual orientation.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    under some protections in the city of myrtle beach.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Through local protections.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    1-24% of people are protected from discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only city discrimination protections.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    there is about 1-24% of local protection. Only through state protections only.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    full protections under city discrimination protections. full protections under Missouri's hate crime law. Only sexual orientation for state. as well city discrimination in housing is illegal.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    25-49% of the population is covered locally. Hate crime law trying to pass. State discrimination protection only.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only state protections for sexual orientation. missing employment discrimination laws and state gender identity discrimination laws.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    under city discrimination protections.
  • August 3
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • July 31
    LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    and the state bans cities from passing nondiscrimination protections.
  • July 30
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Discrimination protection for state employees.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    it is one of the many states that have banned conversion therapy.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    according
  • July 25
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    BC Legislature passed a bill adding gender identity to protected class in the BC Human Rights Code
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    BC Legislature passed a bill to include gender identity in the protected class for BC Human Rights Code
  • July 24
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Under the LGBT Adoption Laws Hawaii
  • July 23
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    No
  • July 18
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only sexual orientation for state employment.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    According to the us advancement project.
  • July 15
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    under the new Brunswick human rights code.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Under the New Brunswick Human Right Code
  • July 1
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    The US Army repealed the ban to serve for openly transgender individuals
  • June 30
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    it is one of the many states that has banned conversion therapy.
  • June 3
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    In May 2016, the parliament enacted the "Crimes Act 2016" which does not contain provisions criminalizing same-sex sexual activity
  • June 2
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    According to the BBC.
  • May 27
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    From the date that Nauru Decriminalized Homosexuality.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes illegal.
    According to Gay Star News. no laws criminalizing it.
  • May 20
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Same-Sex Marriage became legal in Campeche on May 20,2016 after a vote of 34-1
  • May 19
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    10 days to 15 years in prison under the crime of homosexuality.
  • May 18
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Approved by the Congress of the State of Michoacán, with 26 votes in favor, no opposition and 7 abstentions on May 18, 2016.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    The parliament was expected to consider the measure within few months. The Attorney General Ronny Govinden ruled out a referendum on the issue. The bill was approved on 18 May 2016.
  • May 17
    Equal age of consent becomes ambiguous.
    No information.
  • May 16
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    No constitutional Ban or laws making it illegal.
  • May 14
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    .
  • May 12
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Same-Sex Marriage was legal in Sonora for 6 days before the governor announced to keep the policy before which was to get a court order.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Same-Sex Marriage became legal in Jalisco on May 12,2016 after The Mexican Supreme Court legalized it in the state
  • May 11
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
    Gay Marriage Pending.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
    Italy's parliament has backed same-sex civil unions. MPs in the lower house voted 369-193 for the government, ensuring that the civil unions bill will become law.
  • May 9
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • May 1
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    2 years to life in prison. Not enforced.
  • April 28
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    "The judges affirmed by a majority that marriage between people of the same sex does not violate the constitutional order," judge Maria Victoria Calle said.
  • April 22
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    from a ruling in the supreme Botswana Court. legalization rejected.
  • April 20
    Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    No
  • April 19
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • April 8
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    "The magistrates of the constitutional court voted six to three against a proposed ruling that said marriage applied only to unions between men and women and that it was up to the congress and not the court to decide on same-sex marriage."
  • April 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Federal Judge ruled that the ban on same sex couple adopting was unconstitutional
  • March 17
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Botswana Court of Appeal Denied Ban
  • March 10
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Because of this ban police started an lgbt crackdown.
  • March 6
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    Only sexual orientation
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    Only sexual orientation
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    -
  • February 24
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • February 9
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    No
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    illegal since Decemeber 1, 2017
  • February 4
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    It is preformed for who need it.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Since 2016, transgender persons are allowed to change their birth name and gender identity (instead of the sex assigned at birth) on legal documents.
  • February 1
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Under the Revised Peru Criminal Code.
  • January 15
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    as far as I know
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    No
  • January 9
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for state employment.
  • January 3
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    According to the Movement Advancement Project.