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    LGBTQ+ Rights by Country

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

    Homosexual activity

    159
    Legal
    69
    Illegal
    Legal
    159 regions (69%)
    Illegal
    69 regions (30%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (1%)
    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
    25 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    33 regions (56%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Africa
    Legal
    24 regions (52%)
    Illegal
    20 regions (43%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (4%)
    Asia

    Same-sex marriage

    52
    Legal
    108
    Somewhere in between
    70
    Illegal
    Legal
    52 regions (23%)
    Somewhere in between
    108 regions (47%)
    Illegal
    70 regions (30%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (0%)
    Legal
    19 regions (37%)
    Somewhere in between
    25 regions (48%)
    Illegal
    8 regions (15%)
    Europe
    Legal
    9 regions (38%)
    Somewhere in between
    10 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (21%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    8 regions (57%)
    Somewhere in between
    5 regions (36%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (7%)
    South America
    Legal
    10 regions (28%)
    Somewhere in between
    21 regions (58%)
    Illegal
    6 regions (17%)
    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

    200
    No censorship
    19
    Censorship exists
    No censorship
    200 regions (87%)
    Censorship exists
    19 regions (8%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    12 regions (5%)
    No censorship
    46 regions (88%)
    Censorship exists
    4 regions (8%)
    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
    51 regions (86%)
    Censorship exists
    5 regions (8%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (5%)
    Africa
    No censorship
    31 regions (67%)
    Censorship exists
    10 regions (22%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    5 regions (11%)
    Asia

    Right to change legal gender

    74
    Legal
    38
    Somewhere in between
    36
    Illegal
    Legal
    74 regions (32%)
    Somewhere in between
    38 regions (16%)
    Illegal
    36 regions (16%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    83 regions (36%)
    Legal
    27 regions (52%)
    Somewhere in between
    13 regions (25%)
    Illegal
    3 regions (6%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (17%)
    Europe
    Legal
    10 regions (42%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (4%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (8%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    11 regions (46%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    7 regions (50%)
    Somewhere in between
    2 regions (14%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (21%)
    South America
    Legal
    11 regions (31%)
    Somewhere in between
    2 regions (6%)
    Illegal
    3 regions (8%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    20 regions (56%)
    North America
    Legal
    12 regions (20%)
    Somewhere in between
    3 regions (5%)
    Illegal
    15 regions (25%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    29 regions (49%)
    Africa
    Legal
    7 regions (15%)
    Somewhere in between
    17 regions (37%)
    Illegal
    11 regions (24%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    11 regions (24%)
    Asia

    Legal recognition of non-binary gender

    14
    Recognized
    3
    Some recognition
    21
    Not recognized
    Recognized
    14 regions (6%)
    Some recognition
    3 regions (1%)
    Not recognized
    21 regions (9%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    193 regions (84%)
    Recognized
    2 regions (4%)
    Some recognition
    2 regions (4%)
    Not recognized
    14 regions (27%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    34 regions (65%)
    Europe
    Recognized
    2 regions (8%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    22 regions (92%)
    Oceania
    Recognized
    3 regions (21%)
    Some recognition
    1 regions (7%)
    Not recognized
    1 regions (7%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (64%)
    South America
    Recognized
    2 regions (6%)
    Not recognized
    1 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    33 regions (92%)
    North America
    Recognized
    1 regions (2%)
    Not recognized
    2 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    56 regions (95%)
    Africa
    Recognized
    4 regions (9%)
    Not recognized
    3 regions (7%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    39 regions (85%)
    Asia

    LGBT discrimination

    80
    Protected
    53
    Some protections
    99
    No protections
    Protected
    80 regions (35%)
    Some protections
    53 regions (23%)
    No protections
    99 regions (43%)
    Protected
    34 regions (65%)
    Some protections
    12 regions (23%)
    No protections
    5 regions (10%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Europe
    Protected
    10 regions (42%)
    Some protections
    8 regions (33%)
    No protections
    6 regions (25%)
    Oceania
    Protected
    8 regions (57%)
    Some protections
    2 regions (14%)
    No protections
    4 regions (29%)
    South America
    Protected
    15 regions (42%)
    Some protections
    7 regions (19%)
    No protections
    13 regions (36%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (3%)
    North America
    Protected
    9 regions (15%)
    Some protections
    14 regions (24%)
    No protections
    39 regions (66%)
    Africa
    Protected
    4 regions (9%)
    Some protections
    10 regions (22%)
    No protections
    32 regions (70%)
    Asia

    LGBT employment discrimination

    89
    Protected
    28
    Some protections
    86
    No protections
    Protected
    89 regions (39%)
    Some protections
    28 regions (12%)
    No protections
    86 regions (37%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    28 regions (12%)
    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
    19 regions (53%)
    Some protections
    2 regions (6%)
    No protections
    12 regions (33%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (8%)
    North America
    Protected
    6 regions (10%)
    Some protections
    7 regions (12%)
    No protections
    32 regions (54%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    14 regions (24%)
    Africa
    Protected
    8 regions (17%)
    Some protections
    3 regions (7%)
    No protections
    30 regions (65%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    5 regions (11%)
    Asia

    LGBT housing discrimination

    95
    Protected
    5
    Some protections
    107
    No protections
    Protected
    95 regions (41%)
    Some protections
    5 regions (2%)
    No protections
    107 regions (46%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    24 regions (10%)
    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
    18 regions (50%)
    Some protections
    1 regions (3%)
    No protections
    16 regions (44%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (3%)
    North America
    Protected
    8 regions (14%)
    Some protections
    1 regions (2%)
    No protections
    41 regions (69%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (15%)
    Africa
    Protected
    9 regions (20%)
    No protections
    31 regions (67%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    6 regions (13%)
    Asia

    Same-sex adoption

    49
    Legal
    132
    Somewhere in between
    33
    Illegal
    Legal
    49 regions (21%)
    Somewhere in between
    132 regions (57%)
    Illegal
    33 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    17 regions (7%)
    Legal
    20 regions (38%)
    Somewhere in between
    21 regions (40%)
    Illegal
    8 regions (15%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (6%)
    Europe
    Legal
    8 regions (33%)
    Somewhere in between
    15 regions (63%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (4%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    7 regions (50%)
    Somewhere in between
    5 regions (36%)
    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
    42 regions (71%)
    Illegal
    10 regions (17%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Africa
    Legal
    1 regions (2%)
    Somewhere in between
    24 regions (52%)
    Illegal
    13 regions (28%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (17%)
    Asia

    Serving openly in military

    152
    Legal
    10
    Somewhere in between
    26
    Illegal
    Legal
    152 regions (66%)
    Somewhere in between
    10 regions (4%)
    Illegal
    26 regions (11%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    43 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%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (7%)
    South America
    Legal
    26 regions (72%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (3%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (22%)
    North America
    Legal
    35 regions (59%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (2%)
    Illegal
    16 regions (27%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (12%)
    Africa
    Legal
    21 regions (46%)
    Somewhere in between
    5 regions (11%)
    Illegal
    8 regions (17%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    12 regions (26%)
    Asia

    Blood donations by MSMs

    146
    Legal
    60
    Illegal
    Legal
    146 regions (63%)
    Illegal
    60 regions (26%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    25 regions (11%)
    Legal
    24 regions (46%)
    Illegal
    24 regions (46%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (8%)
    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
    30 regions (83%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (3%)
    North America
    Legal
    45 regions (76%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (8%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (15%)
    Africa
    Legal
    19 regions (41%)
    Illegal
    19 regions (41%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (17%)
    Asia

    Conversion therapy

    25
    Banned
    96
    Not banned
    Banned
    25 regions (11%)
    Not banned
    96 regions (42%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    110 regions (48%)
    Banned
    7 regions (13%)
    Not banned
    29 regions (56%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    16 regions (31%)
    Europe
    Banned
    6 regions (25%)
    Not banned
    1 regions (4%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    17 regions (71%)
    Oceania
    Banned
    6 regions (43%)
    Not banned
    8 regions (57%)
    South America
    Banned
    1 regions (3%)
    Not banned
    13 regions (36%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    22 regions (61%)
    North America
    Banned
    1 regions (2%)
    Not banned
    16 regions (27%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    42 regions (71%)
    Africa
    Banned
    4 regions (9%)
    Not banned
    29 regions (63%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    13 regions (28%)
    Asia

    Equal age of consent

    171
    Equal
    39
    Unequal
    Equal
    171 regions (74%)
    Unequal
    39 regions (17%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    21 regions (9%)
    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
    34 regions (58%)
    Unequal
    14 regions (24%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    11 regions (19%)
    Africa
    Equal
    29 regions (63%)
    Unequal
    10 regions (22%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (15%)
    Asia
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