2016 in LGBT Rights

In 2016, there were 86 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 119 changes made and 15 in the following year. A total of 735 legal changes have been made so far in the 2010s.

  • December 28
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    only restriction is that it can only be done by people living in Burma.
  • December 19
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    The state Nuevo leon approves to promote and eliminate the 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 congress Nuevo Leon, unanimously approved the law to promote equality and prevent, combat and eliminate dissolution and also prohibit any form of discrimination.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    .
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    .
  • 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.
  • November 5
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    No
  • October 26
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    No
  • October 24
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Just this year.
  • October 11
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Only restriction is you cant adopt from anywhere except cuba.
  • September 27
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • 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.
    No
  • September 10
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    The law 259 allows same-sex adoption
  • August 10
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Just got legalized.
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    got equalized when the supreme court struck down the sodomy law.
  • 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 1
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    The US Army repealed the ban to serve for openly transgender individuals
  • 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 20
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Same-Sex Marriage became legal in Campeche on May 20,2016 after a vote of 34-1
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • May 18
    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.
  • 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.
  • May 14
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    .
  • May 12
    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
  • 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.
  • May 11
    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
  • 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 not legal.
    from a ruling in the supreme Botswana Court.
  • April 20
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • April 19
    Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    it got banned after long debate in tennese.
  • 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 discrimination becomes illegal.
    -
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    Only sexual orientation
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    Only sexual orientation
  • February 24
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • February 19
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No current laws banning it.
  • February 14
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • February 9
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    a lawyer is putting forward to legalize it.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    only cut funding of this practice.
  • February 4
    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
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Under the Revised Peru Criminal Code.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • January 15
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    No
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    as far as I know
  • January 9
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • January 3
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    According to the Movement Advancement Project.
  • January 1
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    completely
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    No
  • Same-sex marriage becomes ambiguous.
    only for immigration purposes.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes step-child adoption only.
    No
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Joint adoption here.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    As a Joint Adoption.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes step-child adoption only.
    legalization pending.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    only in the cases of sexual orientation.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Still missing in some areas.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    since 2016 there has been protections in employment only
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Since 2016
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    Cant change gender marker
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    just recently lifted the ban
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    No
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    as long as you don't have certain diseases you are good.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Under Nepal Criminal Code.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Under the Chilean Labor code.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    Only in employment.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Under the revision of the Nepal Criminal Code.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    No
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No laws in place making this practice illegal.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No