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LGBTQ+ Rights by Country

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Homosexual activity

132
Legal
58
Illegal
Legal
132 regions (67%)
Illegal
58 regions (30%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
6 regions (3%)
Legal
49 regions (98%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (2%)
Europe
Legal
8 regions (57%)
Illegal
6 regions (43%)
Oceania
Legal
11 regions (92%)
Illegal
1 regions (8%)
South America
Legal
19 regions (79%)
Illegal
4 regions (17%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (4%)
North America
Legal
23 regions (44%)
Illegal
28 regions (54%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (2%)
Africa
Legal
22 regions (50%)
Illegal
19 regions (43%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (7%)
Asia

Same-sex marriage

36
Legal
76
Somewhere in between
80
Illegal
Legal
36 regions (18%)
Somewhere in between
76 regions (39%)
Illegal
80 regions (41%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
4 regions (2%)
Legal
21 regions (42%)
Somewhere in between
18 regions (36%)
Illegal
11 regions (22%)
Europe
Legal
2 regions (14%)
Somewhere in between
5 regions (36%)
Illegal
7 regions (50%)
Oceania
Legal
6 regions (50%)
Somewhere in between
2 regions (17%)
Illegal
4 regions (33%)
South America
Legal
5 regions (21%)
Somewhere in between
12 regions (50%)
Illegal
6 regions (25%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (4%)
North America
Legal
1 regions (2%)
Somewhere in between
21 regions (40%)
Illegal
30 regions (58%)
Africa
Legal
1 regions (2%)
Somewhere in between
18 regions (41%)
Illegal
22 regions (50%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (7%)
Asia

Censorship of LGBT issues

139
No censorship
49
Censorship exists
No censorship
139 regions (71%)
Censorship exists
49 regions (25%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
8 regions (4%)
No censorship
44 regions (88%)
Censorship exists
6 regions (12%)
Europe
No censorship
14 regions (100%)
Oceania
No censorship
11 regions (92%)
Censorship exists
1 regions (8%)
South America
No censorship
21 regions (88%)
Censorship exists
2 regions (8%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (4%)
North America
No censorship
32 regions (62%)
Censorship exists
18 regions (35%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (4%)
Africa
No censorship
17 regions (39%)
Censorship exists
22 regions (50%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
5 regions (11%)
Asia

Right to change legal gender

33
Legal
55
Somewhere in between
94
Illegal
Legal
33 regions (17%)
Somewhere in between
55 regions (28%)
Illegal
94 regions (48%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
14 regions (7%)
Legal
16 regions (32%)
Somewhere in between
26 regions (52%)
Illegal
6 regions (12%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (4%)
Europe
Legal
1 regions (7%)
Illegal
11 regions (79%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (14%)
Oceania
Legal
7 regions (58%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (8%)
Illegal
4 regions (33%)
South America
Legal
3 regions (13%)
Somewhere in between
2 regions (8%)
Illegal
17 regions (71%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (8%)
North America
Legal
2 regions (4%)
Somewhere in between
6 regions (12%)
Illegal
39 regions (75%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
5 regions (10%)
Africa
Legal
4 regions (9%)
Somewhere in between
20 regions (45%)
Illegal
17 regions (39%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (7%)
Asia

Gender-affirming care

108
Legal
48
Somewhere in between
19
Banned
Legal
108 regions (55%)
Somewhere in between
48 regions (24%)
Banned
19 regions (10%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
21 regions (11%)
Legal
35 regions (70%)
Somewhere in between
10 regions (20%)
Banned
3 regions (6%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (4%)
Europe
Legal
5 regions (36%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (7%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
8 regions (57%)
Oceania
Legal
11 regions (92%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (8%)
South America
Legal
21 regions (88%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (4%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (8%)
North America
Legal
10 regions (19%)
Somewhere in between
25 regions (48%)
Banned
10 regions (19%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
7 regions (13%)
Africa
Legal
26 regions (59%)
Somewhere in between
11 regions (25%)
Banned
6 regions (14%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (2%)
Asia

Legal recognition of non-binary gender

17
Recognized
4
Some recognition
172
Not recognized
Recognized
17 regions (9%)
Some recognition
4 regions (2%)
Not recognized
172 regions (88%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (2%)
Recognized
4 regions (8%)
Some recognition
2 regions (4%)
Not recognized
43 regions (86%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (2%)
Europe
Recognized
2 regions (14%)
Not recognized
12 regions (86%)
Oceania
Recognized
3 regions (25%)
Some recognition
1 regions (8%)
Not recognized
8 regions (67%)
South America
Recognized
4 regions (17%)
Not recognized
20 regions (83%)
North America
Some recognition
1 regions (2%)
Not recognized
51 regions (98%)
Africa
Recognized
4 regions (9%)
Not recognized
38 regions (86%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (5%)
Asia

LGBT discrimination

54
Protected
59
Some protections
79
No protections
Protected
54 regions (28%)
Some protections
59 regions (30%)
No protections
79 regions (40%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
4 regions (2%)
Protected
31 regions (62%)
Some protections
13 regions (26%)
No protections
5 regions (10%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (2%)
Europe
Protected
3 regions (21%)
Some protections
7 regions (50%)
No protections
4 regions (29%)
Oceania
Protected
7 regions (58%)
Some protections
4 regions (33%)
No protections
1 regions (8%)
South America
Protected
5 regions (21%)
Some protections
13 regions (54%)
No protections
5 regions (21%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (4%)
North America
Protected
3 regions (6%)
Some protections
12 regions (23%)
No protections
36 regions (69%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (2%)
Africa
Protected
5 regions (11%)
Some protections
10 regions (23%)
No protections
28 regions (64%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (2%)
Asia

LGBT employment discrimination

62
Protected
32
Some protections
92
No protections
Protected
62 regions (32%)
Some protections
32 regions (16%)
No protections
92 regions (47%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
10 regions (5%)
Protected
36 regions (72%)
Some protections
6 regions (12%)
No protections
8 regions (16%)
Europe
Protected
5 regions (36%)
Some protections
4 regions (29%)
No protections
5 regions (36%)
Oceania
Protected
7 regions (58%)
Some protections
3 regions (25%)
No protections
2 regions (17%)
South America
Protected
6 regions (25%)
Some protections
6 regions (25%)
No protections
8 regions (33%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
4 regions (17%)
North America
Protected
3 regions (6%)
Some protections
8 regions (15%)
No protections
38 regions (73%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (6%)
Africa
Protected
5 regions (11%)
Some protections
5 regions (11%)
No protections
31 regions (70%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (7%)
Asia

LGBT housing discrimination

52
Protected
14
Some protections
110
No protections
Protected
52 regions (27%)
Some protections
14 regions (7%)
No protections
110 regions (56%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
20 regions (10%)
Protected
32 regions (64%)
Some protections
3 regions (6%)
No protections
12 regions (24%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (6%)
Europe
Protected
3 regions (21%)
Some protections
2 regions (14%)
No protections
7 regions (50%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (14%)
Oceania
Protected
7 regions (58%)
Some protections
1 regions (8%)
No protections
3 regions (25%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (8%)
South America
Protected
3 regions (13%)
Some protections
2 regions (8%)
No protections
17 regions (71%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (8%)
North America
Protected
3 regions (6%)
Some protections
3 regions (6%)
No protections
42 regions (81%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
4 regions (8%)
Africa
Protected
4 regions (9%)
Some protections
3 regions (7%)
No protections
29 regions (66%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
8 regions (18%)
Asia

Same-sex adoption

39
Legal
102
Somewhere in between
44
Illegal
Legal
39 regions (20%)
Somewhere in between
102 regions (52%)
Illegal
44 regions (22%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
11 regions (6%)
Legal
23 regions (46%)
Somewhere in between
19 regions (38%)
Illegal
7 regions (14%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (2%)
Europe
Legal
2 regions (14%)
Somewhere in between
9 regions (64%)
Illegal
2 regions (14%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (7%)
Oceania
Legal
6 regions (50%)
Somewhere in between
5 regions (42%)
Illegal
1 regions (8%)
South America
Legal
4 regions (17%)
Somewhere in between
17 regions (71%)
Illegal
1 regions (4%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (8%)
North America
Legal
2 regions (4%)
Somewhere in between
35 regions (67%)
Illegal
14 regions (27%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (2%)
Africa
Legal
2 regions (5%)
Somewhere in between
17 regions (39%)
Illegal
19 regions (43%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
6 regions (14%)
Asia

Intersex infant surgery

12
Banned
5
Somewhere in between
99
Not banned
Banned
12 regions (6%)
Somewhere in between
5 regions (3%)
Not banned
99 regions (51%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
80 regions (41%)
Banned
8 regions (16%)
Somewhere in between
3 regions (6%)
Not banned
39 regions (78%)
Europe
Not banned
1 regions (7%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
13 regions (93%)
Oceania
Banned
3 regions (25%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (8%)
Not banned
8 regions (67%)
South America
Not banned
5 regions (21%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
19 regions (79%)
North America
Banned
1 regions (2%)
Not banned
32 regions (62%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
19 regions (37%)
Africa
Somewhere in between
1 regions (2%)
Not banned
14 regions (32%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
29 regions (66%)
Asia

Serving openly in military

61
Legal
50
Somewhere in between
46
Illegal
Legal
61 regions (31%)
Somewhere in between
50 regions (26%)
Illegal
46 regions (23%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
39 regions (20%)
Legal
28 regions (56%)
Somewhere in between
17 regions (34%)
Illegal
1 regions (2%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
4 regions (8%)
Europe
Legal
5 regions (36%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
9 regions (64%)
Oceania
Legal
10 regions (83%)
Somewhere in between
2 regions (17%)
South America
Legal
8 regions (33%)
Somewhere in between
4 regions (17%)
Illegal
2 regions (8%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
10 regions (42%)
North America
Legal
1 regions (2%)
Somewhere in between
18 regions (35%)
Illegal
25 regions (48%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
8 regions (15%)
Africa
Legal
9 regions (20%)
Somewhere in between
9 regions (20%)
Illegal
18 regions (41%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
8 regions (18%)
Asia

Blood donations by MSMs

114
Legal
3
Somewhere in between
59
Illegal
Legal
114 regions (58%)
Somewhere in between
3 regions (2%)
Illegal
59 regions (30%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
20 regions (10%)
Legal
36 regions (72%)
Illegal
12 regions (24%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (4%)
Europe
Legal
9 regions (64%)
Illegal
4 regions (29%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (7%)
Oceania
Legal
10 regions (83%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (8%)
Illegal
1 regions (8%)
South America
Legal
17 regions (71%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (4%)
Illegal
3 regions (13%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (13%)
North America
Legal
29 regions (56%)
Illegal
14 regions (27%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
9 regions (17%)
Africa
Legal
13 regions (30%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (2%)
Illegal
25 regions (57%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
5 regions (11%)
Asia

Conversion therapy

26
Banned
3
Partially banned
156
Not banned
Banned
26 regions (13%)
Partially banned
3 regions (2%)
Not banned
156 regions (80%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
11 regions (6%)
Banned
11 regions (22%)
Not banned
36 regions (72%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (6%)
Europe
Banned
2 regions (14%)
Partially banned
2 regions (14%)
Not banned
9 regions (64%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (7%)
Oceania
Banned
7 regions (58%)
Not banned
5 regions (42%)
South America
Banned
2 regions (8%)
Not banned
19 regions (79%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (13%)
North America
Not banned
51 regions (98%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (2%)
Africa
Banned
4 regions (9%)
Partially banned
1 regions (2%)
Not banned
36 regions (82%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (7%)
Asia

Equal age of consent

133
Equal
9
Unequal
Equal
133 regions (68%)
Unequal
9 regions (5%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
54 regions (28%)
Equal
49 regions (98%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (2%)
Europe
Equal
11 regions (79%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (21%)
Oceania
Equal
9 regions (75%)
Unequal
2 regions (17%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (8%)
South America
Equal
20 regions (83%)
Unequal
1 regions (4%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (13%)
North America
Equal
20 regions (38%)
Unequal
6 regions (12%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
26 regions (50%)
Africa
Equal
24 regions (55%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
20 regions (45%)
Asia

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