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    Recent LGBTQ+ Laws Changed

    LGBTQ+ Rights by Country

    Including dependent territories. Select an issue to view a further breakdown.

    Homosexual activity

    154
    Legal
    69
    Illegal
    Legal
    154 regions (67%)
    Illegal
    69 regions (30%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    6 regions (3%)
    Legal
    50 regions (100%)
    Europe
    Legal
    17 regions (71%)
    Illegal
    7 regions (29%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    13 regions (93%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (7%)
    South America
    Legal
    28 regions (78%)
    Illegal
    8 regions (22%)
    North America
    Legal
    24 regions (41%)
    Illegal
    34 regions (58%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Africa
    Legal
    22 regions (48%)
    Illegal
    19 regions (41%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    5 regions (11%)
    Asia

    Same-sex marriage

    45
    Legal
    111
    Somewhere in between
    73
    Illegal
    Legal
    45 regions (20%)
    Somewhere in between
    111 regions (48%)
    Illegal
    73 regions (32%)
    Legal
    15 regions (30%)
    Somewhere in between
    25 regions (50%)
    Illegal
    10 regions (20%)
    Europe
    Legal
    9 regions (38%)
    Somewhere in between
    10 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (21%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    5 regions (36%)
    Somewhere in between
    7 regions (50%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (14%)
    South America
    Legal
    9 regions (25%)
    Somewhere in between
    23 regions (64%)
    Illegal
    4 regions (11%)
    North America
    Legal
    5 regions (8%)
    Somewhere in between
    25 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    29 regions (49%)
    Africa
    Legal
    2 regions (4%)
    Somewhere in between
    21 regions (46%)
    Illegal
    23 regions (50%)
    Asia

    Censorship of LGBT Issues

    216
    No censorship
    3
    Censorship exists
    No censorship
    216 regions (94%)
    Censorship exists
    3 regions (1%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    10 regions (4%)
    No censorship
    47 regions (94%)
    Censorship exists
    2 regions (4%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Europe
    No censorship
    23 regions (96%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (4%)
    Oceania
    No censorship
    13 regions (93%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (7%)
    South America
    No censorship
    36 regions (100%)
    North America
    No censorship
    57 regions (97%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (3%)
    Africa
    No censorship
    40 regions (87%)
    Censorship exists
    1 regions (2%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    5 regions (11%)
    Asia

    Right to change legal gender

    81
    Legal
    39
    Somewhere in between
    22
    Illegal
    Legal
    81 regions (35%)
    Somewhere in between
    39 regions (17%)
    Illegal
    22 regions (10%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    87 regions (38%)
    Legal
    22 regions (44%)
    Somewhere in between
    16 regions (32%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (4%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    10 regions (20%)
    Europe
    Legal
    11 regions (46%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (4%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (8%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    10 regions (42%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    5 regions (36%)
    Somewhere in between
    4 regions (29%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (7%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (29%)
    South America
    Legal
    10 regions (28%)
    Somewhere in between
    3 regions (8%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    22 regions (61%)
    North America
    Legal
    24 regions (41%)
    Somewhere in between
    2 regions (3%)
    Illegal
    7 regions (12%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    26 regions (44%)
    Africa
    Legal
    9 regions (20%)
    Somewhere in between
    13 regions (28%)
    Illegal
    9 regions (20%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    15 regions (33%)
    Asia

    Legal recognition of non-binary gender

    2
    Recognized
    Some recognition
    4
    Not recognized
    Recognized
    2 regions (1%)
    Some recognition
    regions (0%)
    Not recognized
    4 regions (2%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    223 regions (97%)
    Not recognized
    4 regions (8%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    46 regions (92%)
    Europe
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    24 regions (100%)
    Oceania
    Recognized
    1 regions (7%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    13 regions (93%)
    South America
    Recognized
    1 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    35 regions (97%)
    North America
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    59 regions (100%)
    Africa
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    46 regions (100%)
    Asia

    LGBT discrimination

    76
    Protected
    51
    Some protections
    103
    No protections
    Protected
    76 regions (33%)
    Some protections
    51 regions (22%)
    No protections
    103 regions (45%)
    Protected
    31 regions (62%)
    Some protections
    13 regions (26%)
    No protections
    6 regions (12%)
    Europe
    Protected
    12 regions (50%)
    Some protections
    6 regions (25%)
    No protections
    6 regions (25%)
    Oceania
    Protected
    7 regions (50%)
    Some protections
    3 regions (21%)
    No protections
    4 regions (29%)
    South America
    Protected
    15 regions (42%)
    Some protections
    8 regions (22%)
    No protections
    13 regions (36%)
    North America
    Protected
    9 regions (15%)
    Some protections
    15 regions (25%)
    No protections
    37 regions (63%)
    Africa
    Protected
    2 regions (4%)
    Some protections
    6 regions (13%)
    No protections
    37 regions (80%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Asia

    LGBT employment discrimination

    88
    Protected
    25
    Some protections
    84
    No protections
    Protected
    88 regions (38%)
    Some protections
    25 regions (11%)
    No protections
    84 regions (37%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    32 regions (14%)
    Protected
    28 regions (56%)
    Some protections
    12 regions (24%)
    No protections
    6 regions (12%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (8%)
    Europe
    Protected
    15 regions (63%)
    Some protections
    1 regions (4%)
    No protections
    5 regions (21%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (13%)
    Oceania
    Protected
    9 regions (64%)
    Some protections
    3 regions (21%)
    No protections
    2 regions (14%)
    South America
    Protected
    20 regions (56%)
    Some protections
    2 regions (6%)
    No protections
    11 regions (31%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (8%)
    North America
    Protected
    8 regions (14%)
    Some protections
    5 regions (8%)
    No protections
    31 regions (53%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    15 regions (25%)
    Africa
    Protected
    8 regions (17%)
    Some protections
    2 regions (4%)
    No protections
    29 regions (63%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (15%)
    Asia

    LGBT housing discrimination

    96
    Protected
    4
    Some protections
    105
    No protections
    Protected
    96 regions (42%)
    Some protections
    4 regions (2%)
    No protections
    105 regions (46%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    24 regions (10%)
    Protected
    38 regions (76%)
    Some protections
    2 regions (4%)
    No protections
    7 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (6%)
    Europe
    Protected
    12 regions (50%)
    No protections
    10 regions (42%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (8%)
    Oceania
    Protected
    8 regions (57%)
    Some protections
    1 regions (7%)
    No protections
    2 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (21%)
    South America
    Protected
    19 regions (53%)
    Some protections
    1 regions (3%)
    No protections
    15 regions (42%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (3%)
    North America
    Protected
    10 regions (17%)
    No protections
    41 regions (69%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (14%)
    Africa
    Protected
    9 regions (20%)
    No protections
    30 regions (65%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (15%)
    Asia

    Same-sex adoption

    45
    Legal
    137
    Somewhere in between
    29
    Illegal
    Legal
    45 regions (20%)
    Somewhere in between
    137 regions (60%)
    Illegal
    29 regions (13%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    18 regions (8%)
    Legal
    16 regions (32%)
    Somewhere in between
    21 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    8 regions (16%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    5 regions (10%)
    Europe
    Legal
    7 regions (29%)
    Somewhere in between
    16 regions (67%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (4%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    6 regions (43%)
    Somewhere in between
    7 regions (50%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (7%)
    South America
    Legal
    7 regions (19%)
    Somewhere in between
    26 regions (72%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (6%)
    North America
    Legal
    6 regions (10%)
    Somewhere in between
    45 regions (76%)
    Illegal
    8 regions (14%)
    Africa
    Legal
    3 regions (7%)
    Somewhere in between
    22 regions (48%)
    Illegal
    12 regions (26%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (20%)
    Asia

    Homosexuals serving openly in military

    156
    Legal
    4
    Somewhere in between
    22
    Illegal
    Legal
    156 regions (68%)
    Somewhere in between
    4 regions (2%)
    Illegal
    22 regions (10%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    47 regions (21%)
    Legal
    42 regions (84%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (2%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (2%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    6 regions (12%)
    Europe
    Legal
    15 regions (63%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (4%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (33%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    12 regions (86%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (7%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (7%)
    South America
    Legal
    27 regions (75%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (22%)
    North America
    Legal
    39 regions (66%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (2%)
    Illegal
    12 regions (20%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (12%)
    Africa
    Legal
    21 regions (46%)
    Illegal
    8 regions (17%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    17 regions (37%)
    Asia

    Blood donations by MSMs

    143
    Legal
    51
    Illegal
    Legal
    143 regions (62%)
    Illegal
    51 regions (22%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    35 regions (15%)
    Legal
    20 regions (40%)
    Illegal
    22 regions (44%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (16%)
    Europe
    Legal
    16 regions (67%)
    Illegal
    7 regions (29%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (4%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    11 regions (79%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (7%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (14%)
    South America
    Legal
    29 regions (81%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (6%)
    North America
    Legal
    46 regions (78%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    11 regions (19%)
    Africa
    Legal
    21 regions (46%)
    Illegal
    14 regions (30%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    11 regions (24%)
    Asia

    Conversion therapy

    18
    Banned
    85
    Not banned
    Banned
    18 regions (8%)
    Not banned
    85 regions (37%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    126 regions (55%)
    Banned
    4 regions (8%)
    Not banned
    28 regions (56%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    18 regions (36%)
    Europe
    Banned
    6 regions (25%)
    Not banned
    1 regions (4%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    17 regions (71%)
    Oceania
    Banned
    3 regions (21%)
    Not banned
    9 regions (64%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (14%)
    South America
    Banned
    1 regions (3%)
    Not banned
    12 regions (33%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    23 regions (64%)
    North America
    Banned
    1 regions (2%)
    Not banned
    12 regions (20%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    46 regions (78%)
    Africa
    Banned
    3 regions (7%)
    Not banned
    23 regions (50%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    20 regions (43%)
    Asia

    Equal age of consent

    180
    Equal
    33
    Unequal
    Equal
    180 regions (79%)
    Unequal
    33 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    16 regions (7%)
    Equal
    50 regions (100%)
    Europe
    Equal
    20 regions (83%)
    Unequal
    3 regions (13%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (4%)
    Oceania
    Equal
    11 regions (79%)
    Unequal
    3 regions (21%)
    South America
    Equal
    24 regions (67%)
    Unequal
    9 regions (25%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (8%)
    North America
    Equal
    44 regions (75%)
    Unequal
    11 regions (19%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (7%)
    Africa
    Equal
    31 regions (67%)
    Unequal
    7 regions (15%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (17%)
    Asia
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