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  • Housing Discrimination
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    Blood
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    Consent
  • Conversion Therapy
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Homosexual Activity

Consensual sexual activity between individuals of the same sex.

  • Legal
  • Male illegal, female legal
  • Male illegal, female uncertain
  • Illegal (other penalty)
  • Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
  • Illegal (up to life in prison as punishment)
  • Illegal (death penalty as punishment)
  • Unknown, N/A, or ambiguous

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Status of LGBT Laws by Country

Homosexual activity

150
Legal
71
Illegal
Legal
150 regions (66%)
Illegal
71 regions (31%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
8 regions (3%)
Legal
50 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
22 regions (37%)
Illegal
35 regions (59%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (3%)
Africa
Legal
20 regions (43%)
Illegal
20 regions (43%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
6 regions (13%)
Asia

Same-sex marriage

45
Legal
111
Somewhere in between
70
Illegal
Legal
45 regions (20%)
Somewhere in between
111 regions (48%)
Illegal
70 regions (31%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (1%)
Legal
16 regions (32%)
Somewhere in between
25 regions (50%)
Illegal
9 regions (18%)
Europe
Legal
9 regions (38%)
Somewhere in between
10 regions (42%)
Illegal
4 regions (17%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (4%)
Oceania
Legal
5 regions (36%)
Somewhere in between
7 regions (50%)
Illegal
2 regions (14%)
South America
Legal
9 regions (25%)
Somewhere in between
24 regions (67%)
Illegal
3 regions (8%)
North America
Legal
5 regions (8%)
Somewhere in between
24 regions (41%)
Illegal
30 regions (51%)
Africa
Legal
1 regions (2%)
Somewhere in between
21 regions (46%)
Illegal
22 regions (48%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (4%)
Asia

Right to change legal gender

90
Legal
44
Somewhere in between
18
Illegal
Legal
90 regions (39%)
Somewhere in between
44 regions (19%)
Illegal
18 regions (8%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
77 regions (34%)
Legal
18 regions (36%)
Somewhere in between
23 regions (46%)
Illegal
1 regions (2%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
8 regions (16%)
Europe
Legal
10 regions (42%)
Somewhere in between
2 regions (8%)
Illegal
2 regions (8%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
10 regions (42%)
Oceania
Legal
3 regions (21%)
Somewhere in between
5 regions (36%)
Illegal
2 regions (14%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
4 regions (29%)
South America
Legal
13 regions (36%)
Somewhere in between
3 regions (8%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
20 regions (56%)
North America
Legal
29 regions (49%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (2%)
Illegal
5 regions (8%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
24 regions (41%)
Africa
Legal
17 regions (37%)
Somewhere in between
10 regions (22%)
Illegal
8 regions (17%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
11 regions (24%)
Asia

Same-sex adoption

44
Legal
152
Somewhere in between
26
Illegal
Legal
44 regions (19%)
Somewhere in between
152 regions (66%)
Illegal
26 regions (11%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
7 regions (3%)
Legal
15 regions (30%)
Somewhere in between
26 regions (52%)
Illegal
8 regions (16%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (2%)
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
8 regions (57%)
South America
Legal
7 regions (19%)
Somewhere in between
27 regions (75%)
Illegal
1 regions (3%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (3%)
North America
Legal
6 regions (10%)
Somewhere in between
45 regions (76%)
Illegal
8 regions (14%)
Africa
Legal
3 regions (7%)
Somewhere in between
30 regions (65%)
Illegal
9 regions (20%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
4 regions (9%)
Asia

LGBT discrimination

77
Protected
50
Some protections
101
No protections
Protected
77 regions (34%)
Some protections
50 regions (22%)
No protections
101 regions (44%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (0%)
Protected
31 regions (62%)
Some protections
13 regions (26%)
No protections
6 regions (12%)
Europe
Protected
12 regions (50%)
Some protections
6 regions (25%)
No protections
6 regions (25%)
Oceania
Protected
7 regions (50%)
Some protections
3 regions (21%)
No protections
4 regions (29%)
South America
Protected
15 regions (42%)
Some protections
8 regions (22%)
No protections
13 regions (36%)
North America
Protected
9 regions (15%)
Some protections
13 regions (22%)
No protections
36 regions (61%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (2%)
Africa
Protected
3 regions (7%)
Some protections
7 regions (15%)
No protections
36 regions (78%)
Asia

LGBT housing discrimination

99
Protected
4
Some protections
106
No protections
Protected
99 regions (43%)
Some protections
4 regions (2%)
No protections
106 regions (46%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
20 regions (9%)
Protected
39 regions (78%)
Some protections
2 regions (4%)
No protections
7 regions (14%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (4%)
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
10 regions (17%)
No protections
42 regions (71%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
7 regions (12%)
Africa
Protected
11 regions (24%)
No protections
30 regions (65%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
5 regions (11%)
Asia

LGBT employment discrimination

92
Protected
25
Some protections
83
No protections
Protected
92 regions (40%)
Some protections
25 regions (11%)
No protections
83 regions (36%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
29 regions (13%)
Protected
29 regions (58%)
Some protections
12 regions (24%)
No protections
5 regions (10%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
4 regions (8%)
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
8 regions (57%)
Some protections
3 regions (21%)
No protections
2 regions (14%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (7%)
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
7 regions (12%)
Some protections
5 regions (8%)
No protections
31 regions (53%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
16 regions (27%)
Africa
Protected
13 regions (28%)
Some protections
2 regions (4%)
No protections
28 regions (61%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (7%)
Asia

Homosexuals serving openly in military

175
Legal
5
Somewhere in between
18
Illegal
Legal
175 regions (76%)
Somewhere in between
5 regions (2%)
Illegal
18 regions (8%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
31 regions (14%)
Legal
43 regions (86%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (2%)
Illegal
1 regions (2%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
5 regions (10%)
Europe
Legal
15 regions (63%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (4%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
8 regions (33%)
Oceania
Legal
12 regions (86%)
Illegal
1 regions (7%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (7%)
South America
Legal
27 regions (75%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (3%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
8 regions (22%)
North America
Legal
42 regions (71%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (2%)
Illegal
11 regions (19%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
5 regions (8%)
Africa
Legal
36 regions (78%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (2%)
Illegal
5 regions (11%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
4 regions (9%)
Asia

Equal age of consent

181
Equal
35
Unequal
Equal
181 regions (79%)
Unequal
35 regions (15%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
13 regions (6%)
Equal
50 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
24 regions (67%)
Unequal
9 regions (25%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (8%)
North America
Equal
46 regions (78%)
Unequal
12 regions (20%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (2%)
Africa
Equal
30 regions (65%)
Unequal
8 regions (17%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
8 regions (17%)
Asia

Blood donations by MSMs

160
Legal
57
Illegal
Legal
160 regions (70%)
Illegal
57 regions (25%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
12 regions (5%)
Legal
22 regions (44%)
Illegal
25 regions (50%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (6%)
Europe
Legal
16 regions (67%)
Illegal
7 regions (29%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (4%)
Oceania
Legal
11 regions (79%)
Illegal
2 regions (14%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (7%)
South America
Legal
29 regions (81%)
Illegal
5 regions (14%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (6%)
North America
Legal
53 regions (90%)
Illegal
2 regions (3%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
4 regions (7%)
Africa
Legal
29 regions (63%)
Illegal
16 regions (35%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (2%)
Asia

Conversion therapy

21
Banned
87
Not banned
Banned
21 regions (9%)
Not banned
87 regions (38%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
121 regions (53%)
Banned
2 regions (4%)
Not banned
31 regions (62%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
17 regions (34%)
Europe
Banned
6 regions (25%)
Not banned
2 regions (8%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
16 regions (67%)
Oceania
Banned
3 regions (21%)
Not banned
10 regions (71%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (7%)
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
2 regions (3%)
Not banned
11 regions (19%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
46 regions (78%)
Africa
Banned
6 regions (13%)
Not banned
21 regions (46%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
19 regions (41%)
Asia

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LGBT Rights by Country

Explore the status and timelines of LGBT rights in each country, state, province, and region; same-sex marriage, adoption, serving openly in the military, discrimination protections, age of consent differences, blood donation restrictions, gender changing restrictions, and gay conversion therapy bans.

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