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    LGBTQ+ Rights by Country

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

    Homosexual activity

    158
    Legal
    69
    Illegal
    Legal
    158 regions (68%)
    Illegal
    69 regions (30%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (2%)
    Legal
    52 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
    24 regions (52%)
    Illegal
    19 regions (41%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (7%)
    Asia

    Same-sex marriage

    51
    Legal
    110
    Somewhere in between
    69
    Illegal
    Legal
    51 regions (22%)
    Somewhere in between
    110 regions (48%)
    Illegal
    69 regions (30%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (0%)
    Legal
    19 regions (37%)
    Somewhere in between
    24 regions (46%)
    Illegal
    9 regions (17%)
    Europe
    Legal
    9 regions (38%)
    Somewhere in between
    10 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (21%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    7 regions (50%)
    Somewhere in between
    6 regions (43%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (7%)
    South America
    Legal
    10 regions (28%)
    Somewhere in between
    23 regions (64%)
    Illegal
    4 regions (11%)
    North America
    Legal
    5 regions (8%)
    Somewhere in between
    25 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    28 regions (47%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Africa
    Legal
    1 regions (2%)
    Somewhere in between
    22 regions (48%)
    Illegal
    22 regions (48%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Asia

    Censorship of LGBT Issues

    202
    No censorship
    16
    Censorship exists
    No censorship
    202 regions (87%)
    Censorship exists
    16 regions (7%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    13 regions (6%)
    No censorship
    47 regions (90%)
    Censorship exists
    3 regions (6%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (4%)
    Europe
    No censorship
    24 regions (100%)
    Oceania
    No censorship
    13 regions (93%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (7%)
    South America
    No censorship
    35 regions (97%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (3%)
    North America
    No censorship
    53 regions (90%)
    Censorship exists
    4 regions (7%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (3%)
    Africa
    No censorship
    30 regions (65%)
    Censorship exists
    9 regions (20%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (15%)
    Asia

    Right to change legal gender

    75
    Legal
    39
    Somewhere in between
    32
    Illegal
    Legal
    75 regions (32%)
    Somewhere in between
    39 regions (17%)
    Illegal
    32 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    85 regions (37%)
    Legal
    25 regions (48%)
    Somewhere in between
    15 regions (29%)
    Illegal
    3 regions (6%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (17%)
    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
    6 regions (43%)
    Somewhere in between
    3 regions (21%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (21%)
    South America
    Legal
    12 regions (33%)
    Somewhere in between
    2 regions (6%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    21 regions (58%)
    North America
    Legal
    13 regions (22%)
    Somewhere in between
    2 regions (3%)
    Illegal
    14 regions (24%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    30 regions (51%)
    Africa
    Legal
    8 regions (17%)
    Somewhere in between
    16 regions (35%)
    Illegal
    10 regions (22%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    12 regions (26%)
    Asia

    Legal recognition of non-binary gender

    14
    Recognized
    1
    Some recognition
    12
    Not recognized
    Recognized
    14 regions (6%)
    Some recognition
    1 regions (0%)
    Not recognized
    12 regions (5%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    204 regions (88%)
    Recognized
    3 regions (6%)
    Some recognition
    1 regions (2%)
    Not recognized
    9 regions (17%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    39 regions (75%)
    Europe
    Recognized
    2 regions (8%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    22 regions (92%)
    Oceania
    Recognized
    2 regions (14%)
    Not recognized
    1 regions (7%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    11 regions (79%)
    South America
    Recognized
    2 regions (6%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    34 regions (94%)
    North America
    Recognized
    1 regions (2%)
    Not recognized
    1 regions (2%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    57 regions (97%)
    Africa
    Recognized
    4 regions (9%)
    Not recognized
    1 regions (2%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    41 regions (89%)
    Asia

    LGBT discrimination

    83
    Protected
    51
    Some protections
    96
    No protections
    Protected
    83 regions (36%)
    Some protections
    51 regions (22%)
    No protections
    96 regions (42%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (0%)
    Protected
    35 regions (67%)
    Some protections
    12 regions (23%)
    No protections
    5 regions (10%)
    Europe
    Protected
    12 regions (50%)
    Some protections
    6 regions (25%)
    No protections
    6 regions (25%)
    Oceania
    Protected
    8 regions (57%)
    Some protections
    2 regions (14%)
    No protections
    4 regions (29%)
    South America
    Protected
    16 regions (44%)
    Some protections
    7 regions (19%)
    No protections
    13 regions (36%)
    North America
    Protected
    8 regions (14%)
    Some protections
    15 regions (25%)
    No protections
    38 regions (64%)
    Africa
    Protected
    4 regions (9%)
    Some protections
    9 regions (20%)
    No protections
    30 regions (65%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (7%)
    Asia

    LGBT employment discrimination

    90
    Protected
    28
    Some protections
    83
    No protections
    Protected
    90 regions (39%)
    Some protections
    28 regions (12%)
    No protections
    83 regions (36%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    30 regions (13%)
    Protected
    32 regions (62%)
    Some protections
    12 regions (23%)
    No protections
    5 regions (10%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (6%)
    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
    6 regions (10%)
    Some protections
    7 regions (12%)
    No protections
    31 regions (53%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    15 regions (25%)
    Africa
    Protected
    8 regions (17%)
    Some protections
    3 regions (7%)
    No protections
    29 regions (63%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    6 regions (13%)
    Asia

    LGBT housing discrimination

    96
    Protected
    5
    Some protections
    104
    No protections
    Protected
    96 regions (42%)
    Some protections
    5 regions (2%)
    No protections
    104 regions (45%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    26 regions (11%)
    Protected
    40 regions (77%)
    Some protections
    2 regions (4%)
    No protections
    7 regions (13%)
    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
    8 regions (14%)
    Some protections
    1 regions (2%)
    No protections
    40 regions (68%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    10 regions (17%)
    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

    46
    Legal
    135
    Somewhere in between
    30
    Illegal
    Legal
    46 regions (20%)
    Somewhere in between
    135 regions (58%)
    Illegal
    30 regions (13%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    20 regions (9%)
    Legal
    19 regions (37%)
    Somewhere in between
    21 regions (40%)
    Illegal
    8 regions (15%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (8%)
    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
    6 regions (43%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (14%)
    South America
    Legal
    7 regions (19%)
    Somewhere in between
    25 regions (69%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (6%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (6%)
    North America
    Legal
    6 regions (10%)
    Somewhere in between
    44 regions (75%)
    Illegal
    8 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Africa
    Legal
    1 regions (2%)
    Somewhere in between
    23 regions (50%)
    Illegal
    12 regions (26%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    10 regions (22%)
    Asia

    Serving openly in military

    157
    Legal
    4
    Somewhere in between
    25
    Illegal
    Legal
    157 regions (68%)
    Somewhere in between
    4 regions (2%)
    Illegal
    25 regions (11%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    45 regions (19%)
    Legal
    42 regions (81%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (2%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (2%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (15%)
    Europe
    Legal
    15 regions (63%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (4%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (33%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    13 regions (93%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (7%)
    South America
    Legal
    28 regions (78%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (19%)
    North America
    Legal
    36 regions (61%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (2%)
    Illegal
    15 regions (25%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (12%)
    Africa
    Legal
    23 regions (50%)
    Illegal
    8 regions (17%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    15 regions (33%)
    Asia

    Blood donations by MSMs

    148
    Legal
    54
    Illegal
    Legal
    148 regions (64%)
    Illegal
    54 regions (23%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    29 regions (13%)
    Legal
    22 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    25 regions (48%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    5 regions (10%)
    Europe
    Legal
    16 regions (67%)
    Illegal
    7 regions (29%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (4%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    12 regions (86%)
    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
    47 regions (80%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    10 regions (17%)
    Africa
    Legal
    22 regions (48%)
    Illegal
    15 regions (33%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (20%)
    Asia

    Conversion therapy

    21
    Banned
    92
    Not banned
    Banned
    21 regions (9%)
    Not banned
    92 regions (40%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    118 regions (51%)
    Banned
    4 regions (8%)
    Not banned
    30 regions (58%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    18 regions (35%)
    Europe
    Banned
    6 regions (25%)
    Not banned
    1 regions (4%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    17 regions (71%)
    Oceania
    Banned
    5 regions (36%)
    Not banned
    9 regions (64%)
    South America
    Banned
    2 regions (6%)
    Not banned
    12 regions (33%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    22 regions (61%)
    North America
    Banned
    1 regions (2%)
    Not banned
    14 regions (24%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    44 regions (75%)
    Africa
    Banned
    3 regions (7%)
    Not banned
    26 regions (57%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    17 regions (37%)
    Asia

    Equal age of consent

    175
    Equal
    41
    Unequal
    Equal
    175 regions (76%)
    Unequal
    41 regions (18%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    15 regions (6%)
    Equal
    52 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
    25 regions (69%)
    Unequal
    9 regions (25%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (6%)
    North America
    Equal
    39 regions (66%)
    Unequal
    15 regions (25%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    5 regions (8%)
    Africa
    Equal
    28 regions (61%)
    Unequal
    11 regions (24%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (15%)
    Asia
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