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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

    158
    Legal
    65
    Illegal
    Legal
    158 regions (68%)
    Illegal
    65 regions (28%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (3%)
    Legal
    52 regions (100%)
    Europe
    Legal
    16 regions (67%)
    Illegal
    8 regions (33%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    13 regions (93%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (7%)
    South America
    Legal
    30 regions (83%)
    Illegal
    6 regions (17%)
    North America
    Legal
    24 regions (41%)
    Illegal
    32 regions (54%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (5%)
    Africa
    Legal
    23 regions (50%)
    Illegal
    18 regions (39%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    5 regions (11%)
    Asia

    Same-sex marriage

    56
    Legal
    100
    Somewhere in between
    71
    Illegal
    Legal
    56 regions (24%)
    Somewhere in between
    100 regions (43%)
    Illegal
    71 regions (31%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (2%)
    Legal
    21 regions (40%)
    Somewhere in between
    24 regions (46%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (10%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (4%)
    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
    12 regions (33%)
    Somewhere in between
    20 regions (56%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (14%)
    North America
    Legal
    5 regions (8%)
    Somewhere in between
    19 regions (32%)
    Illegal
    34 regions (58%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Africa
    Legal
    1 regions (2%)
    Somewhere in between
    22 regions (48%)
    Illegal
    21 regions (46%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (4%)
    Asia

    Censorship of LGBT Issues

    195
    No censorship
    29
    Censorship exists
    No censorship
    195 regions (84%)
    Censorship exists
    29 regions (13%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (3%)
    No censorship
    47 regions (90%)
    Censorship exists
    5 regions (10%)
    Europe
    No censorship
    24 regions (100%)
    Oceania
    No censorship
    13 regions (93%)
    Censorship exists
    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
    48 regions (81%)
    Censorship exists
    8 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (5%)
    Africa
    No censorship
    28 regions (61%)
    Censorship exists
    15 regions (33%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (7%)
    Asia

    Right to change legal gender

    70
    Legal
    40
    Somewhere in between
    51
    Illegal
    Legal
    70 regions (30%)
    Somewhere in between
    40 regions (17%)
    Illegal
    51 regions (22%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    70 regions (30%)
    Legal
    28 regions (54%)
    Somewhere in between
    12 regions (23%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (10%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (13%)
    Europe
    Legal
    9 regions (38%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (4%)
    Illegal
    3 regions (13%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    11 regions (46%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    9 regions (64%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (36%)
    South America
    Legal
    12 regions (33%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (3%)
    Illegal
    14 regions (39%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (25%)
    North America
    Legal
    7 regions (12%)
    Somewhere in between
    5 regions (8%)
    Illegal
    16 regions (27%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    31 regions (53%)
    Africa
    Legal
    5 regions (11%)
    Somewhere in between
    21 regions (46%)
    Illegal
    8 regions (17%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    12 regions (26%)
    Asia

    Legal recognition of non-binary gender

    17
    Recognized
    3
    Some recognition
    75
    Not recognized
    Recognized
    17 regions (7%)
    Some recognition
    3 regions (1%)
    Not recognized
    75 regions (32%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    136 regions (59%)
    Recognized
    4 regions (8%)
    Some recognition
    1 regions (2%)
    Not recognized
    28 regions (54%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    19 regions (37%)
    Europe
    Recognized
    2 regions (8%)
    Not recognized
    1 regions (4%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    21 regions (88%)
    Oceania
    Recognized
    4 regions (29%)
    Some recognition
    1 regions (7%)
    Not recognized
    9 regions (64%)
    South America
    Recognized
    1 regions (3%)
    Not recognized
    23 regions (64%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    12 regions (33%)
    North America
    Recognized
    1 regions (2%)
    Some recognition
    1 regions (2%)
    Not recognized
    3 regions (5%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    54 regions (92%)
    Africa
    Recognized
    5 regions (11%)
    Not recognized
    11 regions (24%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    30 regions (65%)
    Asia

    LGBT discrimination

    86
    Protected
    50
    Some protections
    95
    No protections
    Protected
    86 regions (37%)
    Some protections
    50 regions (22%)
    No protections
    95 regions (41%)
    Protected
    38 regions (73%)
    Some protections
    9 regions (17%)
    No protections
    4 regions (8%)
    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
    8 regions (22%)
    No protections
    12 regions (33%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (3%)
    North America
    Protected
    9 regions (15%)
    Some protections
    13 regions (22%)
    No protections
    40 regions (68%)
    Africa
    Protected
    6 regions (13%)
    Some protections
    10 regions (22%)
    No protections
    29 regions (63%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Asia

    LGBT employment discrimination

    92
    Protected
    26
    Some protections
    88
    No protections
    Protected
    92 regions (40%)
    Some protections
    26 regions (11%)
    No protections
    88 regions (38%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    25 regions (11%)
    Protected
    35 regions (67%)
    Some protections
    10 regions (19%)
    No protections
    5 regions (10%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (4%)
    Europe
    Protected
    14 regions (58%)
    Some protections
    2 regions (8%)
    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
    12 regions (33%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (6%)
    North America
    Protected
    6 regions (10%)
    Some protections
    7 regions (12%)
    No protections
    34 regions (58%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    12 regions (20%)
    Africa
    Protected
    8 regions (17%)
    Some protections
    2 regions (4%)
    No protections
    30 regions (65%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    6 regions (13%)
    Asia

    LGBT housing discrimination

    96
    Protected
    6
    Some protections
    106
    No protections
    Protected
    96 regions (42%)
    Some protections
    6 regions (3%)
    No protections
    106 regions (46%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    23 regions (10%)
    Protected
    41 regions (79%)
    Some protections
    2 regions (4%)
    No protections
    6 regions (12%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (6%)
    Europe
    Protected
    11 regions (46%)
    Some protections
    1 regions (4%)
    No protections
    10 regions (42%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (8%)
    Oceania
    Protected
    9 regions (64%)
    Some protections
    1 regions (7%)
    No protections
    2 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (14%)
    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
    42 regions (71%)
    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

    52
    Legal
    126
    Somewhere in between
    34
    Illegal
    Legal
    52 regions (23%)
    Somewhere in between
    126 regions (55%)
    Illegal
    34 regions (15%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    19 regions (8%)
    Legal
    22 regions (42%)
    Somewhere in between
    20 regions (38%)
    Illegal
    6 regions (12%)
    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
    7 regions (50%)
    Somewhere in between
    6 regions (43%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (7%)
    South America
    Legal
    9 regions (25%)
    Somewhere in between
    24 regions (67%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (6%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (3%)
    North America
    Legal
    6 regions (10%)
    Somewhere in between
    39 regions (66%)
    Illegal
    12 regions (20%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (3%)
    Africa
    Legal
    1 regions (2%)
    Somewhere in between
    21 regions (46%)
    Illegal
    14 regions (30%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    10 regions (22%)
    Asia

    Serving openly in military

    136
    Legal
    12
    Somewhere in between
    45
    Illegal
    Legal
    136 regions (59%)
    Somewhere in between
    12 regions (5%)
    Illegal
    45 regions (19%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    38 regions (16%)
    Legal
    44 regions (85%)
    Somewhere in between
    2 regions (4%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (4%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (8%)
    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
    27 regions (75%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (3%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (19%)
    North America
    Legal
    23 regions (39%)
    Somewhere in between
    2 regions (3%)
    Illegal
    26 regions (44%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (14%)
    Africa
    Legal
    14 regions (30%)
    Somewhere in between
    5 regions (11%)
    Illegal
    16 regions (35%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    11 regions (24%)
    Asia

    Blood donations by MSMs

    148
    Legal
    60
    Illegal
    Legal
    148 regions (64%)
    Illegal
    60 regions (26%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    23 regions (10%)
    Legal
    31 regions (60%)
    Illegal
    19 regions (37%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (4%)
    Europe
    Legal
    16 regions (67%)
    Illegal
    7 regions (29%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (4%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    13 regions (93%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (7%)
    South America
    Legal
    30 regions (83%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (3%)
    North America
    Legal
    42 regions (71%)
    Illegal
    7 regions (12%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    10 regions (17%)
    Africa
    Legal
    16 regions (35%)
    Illegal
    21 regions (46%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (20%)
    Asia

    Conversion therapy

    29
    Banned
    94
    Not banned
    Banned
    29 regions (13%)
    Not banned
    94 regions (41%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    108 regions (47%)
    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
    4 regions (11%)
    Not banned
    10 regions (28%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    22 regions (61%)
    North America
    Banned
    2 regions (3%)
    Not banned
    18 regions (31%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    39 regions (66%)
    Africa
    Banned
    4 regions (9%)
    Not banned
    28 regions (61%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    14 regions (30%)
    Asia

    Equal age of consent

    166
    Equal
    15
    Unequal
    Equal
    166 regions (72%)
    Unequal
    15 regions (6%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    50 regions (22%)
    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
    2 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (7%)
    South America
    Equal
    27 regions (75%)
    Unequal
    4 regions (11%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    5 regions (14%)
    North America
    Equal
    27 regions (46%)
    Unequal
    5 regions (8%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    27 regions (46%)
    Africa
    Equal
    29 regions (63%)
    Unequal
    1 regions (2%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    16 regions (35%)
    Asia
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