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    LGBTQ+ Rights by Country

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    Homosexual activity

    132
    Legal
    60
    Illegal
    Legal
    132 regions (67%)
    Illegal
    60 regions (30%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    5 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
    18 regions (78%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (22%)
    North America
    Legal
    23 regions (43%)
    Illegal
    31 regions (57%)
    Africa
    Legal
    23 regions (52%)
    Illegal
    17 regions (39%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (9%)
    Asia

    Same-sex marriage

    36
    Legal
    86
    Somewhere in between
    74
    Illegal
    Legal
    36 regions (18%)
    Somewhere in between
    86 regions (44%)
    Illegal
    74 regions (38%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (1%)
    Legal
    21 regions (42%)
    Somewhere in between
    21 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    8 regions (16%)
    Europe
    Legal
    2 regions (14%)
    Somewhere in between
    7 regions (50%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (36%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    6 regions (50%)
    Somewhere in between
    5 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (8%)
    South America
    Legal
    5 regions (22%)
    Somewhere in between
    13 regions (57%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (22%)
    North America
    Legal
    1 regions (2%)
    Somewhere in between
    20 regions (37%)
    Illegal
    33 regions (61%)
    Africa
    Legal
    1 regions (2%)
    Somewhere in between
    20 regions (45%)
    Illegal
    22 regions (50%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Asia

    Censorship of LGBT Issues

    143
    No censorship
    45
    Censorship exists
    No censorship
    143 regions (73%)
    Censorship exists
    45 regions (23%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (5%)
    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 (91%)
    Censorship exists
    1 regions (4%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (4%)
    North America
    No censorship
    34 regions (63%)
    Censorship exists
    16 regions (30%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (7%)
    Africa
    No censorship
    19 regions (43%)
    Censorship exists
    21 regions (48%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (9%)
    Asia

    Right to change legal gender

    36
    Legal
    52
    Somewhere in between
    101
    Illegal
    Legal
    36 regions (18%)
    Somewhere in between
    52 regions (26%)
    Illegal
    101 regions (51%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (4%)
    Legal
    19 regions (38%)
    Somewhere in between
    21 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    10 regions (20%)
    Europe
    Legal
    1 regions (7%)
    Illegal
    12 regions (86%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (7%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    7 regions (58%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (8%)
    Illegal
    4 regions (33%)
    South America
    Legal
    4 regions (17%)
    Somewhere in between
    2 regions (9%)
    Illegal
    17 regions (74%)
    North America
    Legal
    2 regions (4%)
    Somewhere in between
    5 regions (9%)
    Illegal
    42 regions (78%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    5 regions (9%)
    Africa
    Legal
    3 regions (7%)
    Somewhere in between
    23 regions (52%)
    Illegal
    16 regions (36%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (5%)
    Asia

    Legal recognition of non-binary gender

    16
    Recognized
    4
    Some recognition
    179
    Not recognized
    Recognized
    16 regions (8%)
    Some recognition
    4 regions (2%)
    Not recognized
    179 regions (91%)
    Recognized
    4 regions (8%)
    Some recognition
    2 regions (4%)
    Not recognized
    44 regions (88%)
    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
    3 regions (13%)
    Not recognized
    19 regions (83%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (4%)
    North America
    Some recognition
    1 regions (2%)
    Not recognized
    56 regions (104%)
    Africa
    Recognized
    4 regions (9%)
    Not recognized
    40 regions (91%)
    Asia

    LGBT discrimination

    57
    Protected
    56
    Some protections
    80
    No protections
    Protected
    57 regions (29%)
    Some protections
    56 regions (28%)
    No protections
    80 regions (41%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (2%)
    Protected
    30 regions (60%)
    Some protections
    13 regions (26%)
    No protections
    5 regions (10%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (4%)
    Europe
    Protected
    3 regions (21%)
    Some protections
    7 regions (50%)
    No protections
    4 regions (29%)
    Oceania
    Protected
    8 regions (67%)
    Some protections
    3 regions (25%)
    No protections
    1 regions (8%)
    South America
    Protected
    5 regions (22%)
    Some protections
    12 regions (52%)
    No protections
    5 regions (22%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (4%)
    North America
    Protected
    4 regions (7%)
    Some protections
    16 regions (30%)
    No protections
    35 regions (65%)
    Africa
    Protected
    7 regions (16%)
    Some protections
    5 regions (11%)
    No protections
    30 regions (68%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (5%)
    Asia

    LGBT employment discrimination

    62
    Protected
    32
    Some protections
    90
    No protections
    Protected
    62 regions (31%)
    Some protections
    32 regions (16%)
    No protections
    90 regions (46%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    13 regions (7%)
    Protected
    35 regions (70%)
    Some protections
    6 regions (12%)
    No protections
    8 regions (16%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Europe
    Protected
    6 regions (43%)
    Some protections
    3 regions (21%)
    No protections
    5 regions (36%)
    Oceania
    Protected
    6 regions (50%)
    Some protections
    3 regions (25%)
    No protections
    2 regions (17%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (8%)
    South America
    Protected
    7 regions (30%)
    Some protections
    7 regions (30%)
    No protections
    6 regions (26%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (13%)
    North America
    Protected
    3 regions (6%)
    Some protections
    8 regions (15%)
    No protections
    38 regions (70%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    5 regions (9%)
    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

    59
    Protected
    10
    Some protections
    111
    No protections
    Protected
    59 regions (30%)
    Some protections
    10 regions (5%)
    No protections
    111 regions (56%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    17 regions (9%)
    Protected
    31 regions (62%)
    Some protections
    4 regions (8%)
    No protections
    13 regions (26%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (4%)
    Europe
    Protected
    4 regions (29%)
    Some protections
    1 regions (7%)
    No protections
    7 regions (50%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (14%)
    Oceania
    Protected
    9 regions (75%)
    No protections
    2 regions (17%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (8%)
    South America
    Protected
    4 regions (17%)
    Some protections
    2 regions (9%)
    No protections
    16 regions (70%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (4%)
    North America
    Protected
    4 regions (7%)
    Some protections
    2 regions (4%)
    No protections
    41 regions (76%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (13%)
    Africa
    Protected
    7 regions (16%)
    Some protections
    1 regions (2%)
    No protections
    32 regions (73%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (9%)
    Asia

    Same-sex adoption

    38
    Legal
    110
    Somewhere in between
    43
    Illegal
    Legal
    38 regions (19%)
    Somewhere in between
    110 regions (56%)
    Illegal
    43 regions (22%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    6 regions (3%)
    Legal
    23 regions (46%)
    Somewhere in between
    22 regions (44%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (10%)
    Europe
    Legal
    2 regions (14%)
    Somewhere in between
    10 regions (71%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (14%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    6 regions (50%)
    Somewhere in between
    5 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (8%)
    South America
    Legal
    4 regions (17%)
    Somewhere in between
    16 regions (70%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (9%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (4%)
    North America
    Legal
    1 regions (2%)
    Somewhere in between
    38 regions (70%)
    Illegal
    14 regions (26%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Africa
    Legal
    2 regions (5%)
    Somewhere in between
    19 regions (43%)
    Illegal
    19 regions (43%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (9%)
    Asia

    Serving openly in military

    50
    Legal
    62
    Somewhere in between
    47
    Illegal
    Legal
    50 regions (25%)
    Somewhere in between
    62 regions (31%)
    Illegal
    47 regions (24%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    38 regions (19%)
    Legal
    19 regions (38%)
    Somewhere in between
    26 regions (52%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (2%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (8%)
    Europe
    Legal
    4 regions (29%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    10 regions (71%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    9 regions (75%)
    Somewhere in between
    3 regions (25%)
    South America
    Legal
    9 regions (39%)
    Somewhere in between
    4 regions (17%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (9%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (35%)
    North America
    Somewhere in between
    20 regions (37%)
    Illegal
    26 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

    126
    Legal
    Somewhere in between
    56
    Illegal
    Legal
    126 regions (64%)
    Somewhere in between
    regions (0%)
    Illegal
    56 regions (28%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    15 regions (8%)
    Legal
    36 regions (72%)
    Illegal
    13 regions (26%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Europe
    Legal
    12 regions (86%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (14%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    11 regions (92%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (8%)
    South America
    Legal
    18 regions (78%)
    Illegal
    4 regions (17%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (4%)
    North America
    Legal
    35 regions (65%)
    Illegal
    12 regions (22%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (13%)
    Africa
    Legal
    14 regions (32%)
    Illegal
    24 regions (55%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    6 regions (14%)
    Asia

    Conversion therapy

    27
    Banned
    156
    Not banned
    Banned
    27 regions (14%)
    Not banned
    156 regions (79%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    14 regions (7%)
    Banned
    10 regions (20%)
    Not banned
    37 regions (74%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (6%)
    Europe
    Banned
    4 regions (29%)
    Not banned
    9 regions (64%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (7%)
    Oceania
    Banned
    6 regions (50%)
    Not banned
    5 regions (42%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (8%)
    South America
    Banned
    1 regions (4%)
    Not banned
    14 regions (61%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (35%)
    North America
    Banned
    1 regions (2%)
    Not banned
    53 regions (98%)
    Africa
    Banned
    5 regions (11%)
    Not banned
    38 regions (86%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Asia

    Equal age of consent

    132
    Equal
    12
    Unequal
    Equal
    132 regions (67%)
    Unequal
    12 regions (6%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    53 regions (27%)
    Equal
    50 regions (100%)
    Europe
    Equal
    10 regions (71%)
    Unequal
    2 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (14%)
    Oceania
    Equal
    9 regions (75%)
    Unequal
    2 regions (17%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (8%)
    South America
    Equal
    18 regions (78%)
    Unequal
    1 regions (4%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (17%)
    North America
    Equal
    21 regions (39%)
    Unequal
    6 regions (11%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    27 regions (50%)
    Africa
    Equal
    24 regions (55%)
    Unequal
    1 regions (2%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    19 regions (43%)
    Asia
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