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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

    162
    Legal
    65
    Illegal
    Legal
    162 regions (70%)
    Illegal
    65 regions (28%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (2%)
    Legal
    51 regions (98%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Europe
    Legal
    16 regions (67%)
    Illegal
    8 regions (33%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    13 regions (93%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (7%)
    South America
    Legal
    31 regions (86%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (14%)
    North America
    Legal
    26 regions (44%)
    Illegal
    32 regions (54%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Africa
    Legal
    25 regions (54%)
    Illegal
    19 regions (41%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (4%)
    Asia

    Same-sex marriage

    55
    Legal
    103
    Somewhere in between
    71
    Illegal
    Legal
    55 regions (24%)
    Somewhere in between
    103 regions (45%)
    Illegal
    71 regions (31%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (1%)
    Legal
    21 regions (40%)
    Somewhere in between
    24 regions (46%)
    Illegal
    7 regions (13%)
    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
    11 regions (31%)
    Somewhere in between
    20 regions (56%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (14%)
    North America
    Legal
    5 regions (8%)
    Somewhere in between
    22 regions (37%)
    Illegal
    32 regions (54%)
    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

    196
    No censorship
    29
    Censorship exists
    No censorship
    196 regions (85%)
    Censorship exists
    29 regions (13%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    6 regions (3%)
    No censorship
    46 regions (88%)
    Censorship exists
    5 regions (10%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    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
    30 regions (65%)
    Censorship exists
    15 regions (33%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Asia

    Right to change legal gender

    72
    Legal
    37
    Somewhere in between
    50
    Illegal
    Legal
    72 regions (31%)
    Somewhere in between
    37 regions (16%)
    Illegal
    50 regions (22%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    72 regions (31%)
    Legal
    29 regions (56%)
    Somewhere in between
    11 regions (21%)
    Illegal
    3 regions (6%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (17%)
    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
    4 regions (29%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (7%)
    South America
    Legal
    11 regions (31%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (3%)
    Illegal
    14 regions (39%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    10 regions (28%)
    North America
    Legal
    8 regions (14%)
    Somewhere in between
    5 regions (8%)
    Illegal
    16 regions (27%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    30 regions (51%)
    Africa
    Legal
    6 regions (13%)
    Somewhere in between
    19 regions (41%)
    Illegal
    10 regions (22%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    11 regions (24%)
    Asia

    Legal recognition of non-binary gender

    15
    Recognized
    5
    Some recognition
    87
    Not recognized
    Recognized
    15 regions (6%)
    Some recognition
    5 regions (2%)
    Not recognized
    87 regions (38%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    124 regions (54%)
    Recognized
    3 regions (6%)
    Some recognition
    3 regions (6%)
    Not recognized
    32 regions (62%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    14 regions (27%)
    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
    22 regions (61%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    13 regions (36%)
    North America
    Recognized
    1 regions (2%)
    Some recognition
    1 regions (2%)
    Not recognized
    5 regions (8%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    52 regions (88%)
    Africa
    Recognized
    4 regions (9%)
    Not recognized
    18 regions (39%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    24 regions (52%)
    Asia

    LGBT discrimination

    87
    Protected
    50
    Some protections
    93
    No protections
    Protected
    87 regions (38%)
    Some protections
    50 regions (22%)
    No protections
    93 regions (40%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (0%)
    Protected
    38 regions (73%)
    Some protections
    9 regions (17%)
    No protections
    5 regions (10%)
    Europe
    Protected
    10 regions (42%)
    Some protections
    8 regions (33%)
    No protections
    6 regions (25%)
    Oceania
    Protected
    9 regions (64%)
    Some protections
    2 regions (14%)
    No protections
    3 regions (21%)
    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
    38 regions (64%)
    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

    93
    Protected
    24
    Some protections
    88
    No protections
    Protected
    93 regions (40%)
    Some protections
    24 regions (10%)
    No protections
    88 regions (38%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    26 regions (11%)
    Protected
    37 regions (71%)
    Some protections
    7 regions (13%)
    No protections
    6 regions (12%)
    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
    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
    3 regions (8%)
    No protections
    11 regions (31%)
    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
    107
    No protections
    Protected
    96 regions (42%)
    Some protections
    6 regions (3%)
    No protections
    107 regions (46%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    22 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
    31 regions (67%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    6 regions (13%)
    Asia

    Same-sex adoption

    53
    Legal
    126
    Somewhere in between
    38
    Illegal
    Legal
    53 regions (23%)
    Somewhere in between
    126 regions (55%)
    Illegal
    38 regions (16%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    14 regions (6%)
    Legal
    22 regions (42%)
    Somewhere in between
    21 regions (40%)
    Illegal
    6 regions (12%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (6%)
    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%)
    Illegal
    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
    40 regions (68%)
    Illegal
    12 regions (20%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Africa
    Legal
    2 regions (4%)
    Somewhere in between
    19 regions (41%)
    Illegal
    17 regions (37%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (17%)
    Asia

    Serving openly in military

    125
    Legal
    26
    Somewhere in between
    43
    Illegal
    Legal
    125 regions (54%)
    Somewhere in between
    26 regions (11%)
    Illegal
    43 regions (19%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    37 regions (16%)
    Legal
    34 regions (65%)
    Somewhere in between
    13 regions (25%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (4%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (6%)
    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%)
    Somewhere in between
    2 regions (14%)
    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
    7 regions (15%)
    Illegal
    14 regions (30%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    11 regions (24%)
    Asia

    Blood donations by MSMs

    145
    Legal
    63
    Illegal
    Legal
    145 regions (63%)
    Illegal
    63 regions (27%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    23 regions (10%)
    Legal
    31 regions (60%)
    Illegal
    20 regions (38%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    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
    41 regions (69%)
    Illegal
    7 regions (12%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    11 regions (19%)
    Africa
    Legal
    14 regions (30%)
    Illegal
    23 regions (50%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (20%)
    Asia

    Conversion therapy

    31
    Banned
    95
    Not banned
    Banned
    31 regions (13%)
    Not banned
    95 regions (41%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    105 regions (45%)
    Banned
    8 regions (15%)
    Not banned
    31 regions (60%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    13 regions (25%)
    Europe
    Banned
    6 regions (25%)
    Not banned
    1 regions (4%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    17 regions (71%)
    Oceania
    Banned
    7 regions (50%)
    Not banned
    7 regions (50%)
    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

    165
    Equal
    16
    Unequal
    Equal
    165 regions (71%)
    Unequal
    16 regions (7%)
    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
    5 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (11%)
    North America
    Equal
    28 regions (47%)
    Unequal
    5 regions (8%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    26 regions (44%)
    Africa
    Equal
    27 regions (59%)
    Unequal
    1 regions (2%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    18 regions (39%)
    Asia
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