2017 in LGBT Rights

In 2017, there were 113 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 176 changes made and 51 in the following year. A total of 1196 legal changes have been made so far in the 2010s.

  • December 30
    Right to change legal gender becomes illegal.
    Not criminalized but no laws in place.
  • December 29
    Same-sex adoption becomes illegal.
    Homosexuality is still illegal there.
  • December 27
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    legal to provide but not required.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No known
  • December 23
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Many Belarusian people believe homosexuality is a disease. Not clear though.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes illegal.
    No
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Not clear.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • December 20
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    the island just legalized Gay Marriage.
  • December 19
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    Legalization pending. Required by 2018 IACHR Ruling.
  • October 16
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only Protections in city of Birmingham.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only Protections in the city of Birmingham. One of the 16 states that doesn't have state discrimination protection.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only in the city of Birmingham.
  • October 15
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No
  • October 14
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for state employments.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    State Discrimination protection only.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only in state discrimination.
  • October 12
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    nambians are trying to legalize it.
  • October 11
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    City protections for LGBT People
  • October 10
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No requirements since 2017.
  • October 7
    Same-sex adoption becomes illegal.
    Marriage requirement so it is defacto illegal. As well homosexuality is illegal.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes illegal.
    Full legalization required under 2018 IACHR Ruling.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    No
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    No
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    No Restrictions to date.
  • October 6
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    Legalization required.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    Full Legalization under the 2018 IACHR Ruling.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    No
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    No
  • Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    No
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    As far as I know.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No requirements
  • October 2
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    Requires Announcement of name change.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Gay marriage hasn't been legalized yet.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    No
  • October 1
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    A bill for legalisation passed the Bundestag on 30 June 2017 and the Bundesrat on 7 July
  • Same-sex adoption becomes married couples only.
    No
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    according to the us adoption.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes illegal.
    Requirement is gay marriage.
  • September 20
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • September 18
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    No
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No
  • September 14
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    No
  • September 12
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No Requirements.
  • September 10
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • September 5
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Southern Alberta LGBT group is trying to ban this practice. Ban on conversion therapy pending.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No banned.
  • September 4
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    All legal.
  • September 1
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Same-sex marriage became legal in Malta under the Marriage Act and other Laws (Amendment) Bill
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • August 24
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • August 22
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    No
  • August 15
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • August 10
    Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    4-10 years in prison with or without labor. Not enforced. Decriminalization pending.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    5- 10 years in prison. Not enforced. Decriminalization pending.
  • August 8
    Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    Punishment of between 5-14 years. Not enforced.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    as of August 10, 2017. It is one of the 10 states and dc that have outlawed this.
  • August 7
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    since 2017.
  • August 1
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Puebla is recognized now the marriage equality
  • July 31
    Same-sex adoption becomes ambiguous.
    Nothing prohibiting adoption. but information is ambiguous.
  • July 14
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Transgender people can change their document without surgery not required
  • July 1
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Transgender people can change their document without surgery not required
  • June 30
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    No
  • May 19
    Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    No
  • May 16
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    Only for sexual orientation.
  • May 1
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
    No
  • Right to change legal gender becomes illegal.
    No
  • March 25
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    According to Prezi. com
  • March 24
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    No
  • March 17
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    UK government just said that they are officialy refusing to make gay conversion therapy illegal.
  • March 6
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Homosexual acts between men: banishing for 9 months - 1 year or a whipping of 10 to 30 strokes. Homosexual acts between women: House arrest for 9 months- 1 year. Never enforced.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    As well as heavy social attitudes towards lgbt.
  • March 5
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (up to life in prison as punishment).
    10 years to life in prison. Not enforced.it is the next country that activists are working to get homosexuality Decriminalized. Decriminalization pending.
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    LGBT people can serve in military
  • March 1
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Legalized marriage
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Just became legal 3 days ago.
  • February 25
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    According to the Movement Advancement Project.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • February 24
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    No
  • February 22
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    under the Honduras Criminal Code.
  • February 14
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Passed by Senate Committee of New Mexico
  • February 12
    Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    Up to 10 years in prison in the Gaza strip. Not enforced.
  • February 11
    Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    three months to three years. may be placed in "special reformatory" upon completion of prison sentence. Fine between 25 LE and 300 LE ( US dollars between 3 dollars and 40 dollars)Under the crime of Vague language.
  • February 1
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    In July of 2017 it will become legal.
  • January 28
    Same-sex marriage becomes ambiguous.
    LGBT couple can marry in Aguascalientes after gaining protection.
  • January 25
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    Set age of consent.
  • January 23
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    currently at 20% protection of people in Ohio. Only protections for state employees only.
  • January 19
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No Countries in South America still have a law or ban in place.
  • January 18
    Equal age of consent becomes ambiguous.
    age of consent is set at 18 years old. Homosexuality is illegal.
  • January 15
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    just dropped life time ban.
  • January 7
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Legislative Decree #1323 states that crimes motivated by intolerance or discrimination including sexual orientation and gender identity will receive stronger penalizations.