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    LGBTQ+ Rights by Country

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    Homosexual activity

    130
    Legal
    61
    Illegal
    Legal
    130 regions (66%)
    Illegal
    61 regions (31%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    6 regions (3%)
    Legal
    49 regions (98%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Europe
    Legal
    8 regions (57%)
    Illegal
    6 regions (43%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    11 regions (92%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (8%)
    South America
    Legal
    18 regions (78%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (22%)
    North America
    Legal
    23 regions (43%)
    Illegal
    32 regions (59%)
    Africa
    Legal
    21 regions (48%)
    Illegal
    17 regions (39%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    6 regions (14%)
    Asia

    Same-sex marriage

    36
    Legal
    87
    Somewhere in between
    74
    Illegal
    Legal
    36 regions (18%)
    Somewhere in between
    87 regions (44%)
    Illegal
    74 regions (38%)
    Legal
    21 regions (42%)
    Somewhere in between
    21 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    8 regions (16%)
    Europe
    Legal
    2 regions (14%)
    Somewhere in between
    7 regions (50%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (36%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    6 regions (50%)
    Somewhere in between
    5 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (8%)
    South America
    Legal
    5 regions (22%)
    Somewhere in between
    13 regions (57%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (22%)
    North America
    Legal
    1 regions (2%)
    Somewhere in between
    21 regions (39%)
    Illegal
    33 regions (61%)
    Africa
    Legal
    1 regions (2%)
    Somewhere in between
    20 regions (45%)
    Illegal
    22 regions (50%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Asia

    Censorship of LGBT Issues

    144
    No censorship
    44
    Censorship exists
    No censorship
    144 regions (73%)
    Censorship exists
    44 regions (22%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (5%)
    No censorship
    44 regions (88%)
    Censorship exists
    6 regions (12%)
    Europe
    No censorship
    14 regions (100%)
    Oceania
    No censorship
    11 regions (92%)
    Censorship exists
    1 regions (8%)
    South America
    No censorship
    21 regions (91%)
    Censorship exists
    1 regions (4%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (4%)
    North America
    No censorship
    35 regions (65%)
    Censorship exists
    15 regions (28%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (7%)
    Africa
    No censorship
    19 regions (43%)
    Censorship exists
    21 regions (48%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (9%)
    Asia

    Right to change legal gender

    37
    Legal
    51
    Somewhere in between
    78
    Illegal
    Legal
    37 regions (19%)
    Somewhere in between
    51 regions (26%)
    Illegal
    78 regions (40%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    31 regions (16%)
    Legal
    18 regions (36%)
    Somewhere in between
    21 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    10 regions (20%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Europe
    Legal
    3 regions (21%)
    Illegal
    7 regions (50%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (29%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    7 regions (58%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (8%)
    Illegal
    4 regions (33%)
    South America
    Legal
    4 regions (17%)
    Somewhere in between
    2 regions (9%)
    Illegal
    15 regions (65%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (9%)
    North America
    Legal
    2 regions (4%)
    Somewhere in between
    5 regions (9%)
    Illegal
    29 regions (54%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    18 regions (33%)
    Africa
    Legal
    3 regions (7%)
    Somewhere in between
    22 regions (50%)
    Illegal
    13 regions (30%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    6 regions (14%)
    Asia

    Legal recognition of non-binary gender

    15
    Recognized
    3
    Some recognition
    143
    Not recognized
    Recognized
    15 regions (8%)
    Some recognition
    3 regions (2%)
    Not recognized
    143 regions (73%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    36 regions (18%)
    Recognized
    4 regions (8%)
    Some recognition
    2 regions (4%)
    Not recognized
    44 regions (88%)
    Europe
    Recognized
    1 regions (7%)
    Not recognized
    4 regions (29%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (64%)
    Oceania
    Recognized
    3 regions (25%)
    Not recognized
    8 regions (67%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (8%)
    South America
    Recognized
    3 regions (13%)
    Not recognized
    17 regions (74%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (13%)
    North America
    Some recognition
    1 regions (2%)
    Not recognized
    39 regions (72%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    14 regions (26%)
    Africa
    Recognized
    4 regions (9%)
    Not recognized
    31 regions (70%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (20%)
    Asia

    LGBT discrimination

    57
    Protected
    56
    Some protections
    80
    No protections
    Protected
    57 regions (29%)
    Some protections
    56 regions (28%)
    No protections
    80 regions (41%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (2%)
    Protected
    30 regions (60%)
    Some protections
    13 regions (26%)
    No protections
    5 regions (10%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (4%)
    Europe
    Protected
    3 regions (21%)
    Some protections
    7 regions (50%)
    No protections
    4 regions (29%)
    Oceania
    Protected
    8 regions (67%)
    Some protections
    3 regions (25%)
    No protections
    1 regions (8%)
    South America
    Protected
    5 regions (22%)
    Some protections
    12 regions (52%)
    No protections
    5 regions (22%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (4%)
    North America
    Protected
    4 regions (7%)
    Some protections
    16 regions (30%)
    No protections
    35 regions (65%)
    Africa
    Protected
    7 regions (16%)
    Some protections
    5 regions (11%)
    No protections
    30 regions (68%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (5%)
    Asia

    LGBT employment discrimination

    62
    Protected
    32
    Some protections
    90
    No protections
    Protected
    62 regions (31%)
    Some protections
    32 regions (16%)
    No protections
    90 regions (46%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    13 regions (7%)
    Protected
    35 regions (70%)
    Some protections
    6 regions (12%)
    No protections
    8 regions (16%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Europe
    Protected
    6 regions (43%)
    Some protections
    3 regions (21%)
    No protections
    5 regions (36%)
    Oceania
    Protected
    6 regions (50%)
    Some protections
    3 regions (25%)
    No protections
    2 regions (17%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (8%)
    South America
    Protected
    7 regions (30%)
    Some protections
    7 regions (30%)
    No protections
    6 regions (26%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (13%)
    North America
    Protected
    3 regions (6%)
    Some protections
    8 regions (15%)
    No protections
    38 regions (70%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    5 regions (9%)
    Africa
    Protected
    5 regions (11%)
    Some protections
    5 regions (11%)
    No protections
    31 regions (70%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (7%)
    Asia

    LGBT housing discrimination

    59
    Protected
    10
    Some protections
    111
    No protections
    Protected
    59 regions (30%)
    Some protections
    10 regions (5%)
    No protections
    111 regions (56%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    17 regions (9%)
    Protected
    31 regions (62%)
    Some protections
    4 regions (8%)
    No protections
    13 regions (26%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (4%)
    Europe
    Protected
    4 regions (29%)
    Some protections
    1 regions (7%)
    No protections
    7 regions (50%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (14%)
    Oceania
    Protected
    9 regions (75%)
    No protections
    2 regions (17%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (8%)
    South America
    Protected
    4 regions (17%)
    Some protections
    2 regions (9%)
    No protections
    16 regions (70%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (4%)
    North America
    Protected
    4 regions (7%)
    Some protections
    2 regions (4%)
    No protections
    41 regions (76%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (13%)
    Africa
    Protected
    7 regions (16%)
    Some protections
    1 regions (2%)
    No protections
    32 regions (73%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (9%)
    Asia

    Same-sex adoption

    38
    Legal
    110
    Somewhere in between
    43
    Illegal
    Legal
    38 regions (19%)
    Somewhere in between
    110 regions (56%)
    Illegal
    43 regions (22%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    6 regions (3%)
    Legal
    23 regions (46%)
    Somewhere in between
    22 regions (44%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (10%)
    Europe
    Legal
    2 regions (14%)
    Somewhere in between
    10 regions (71%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (14%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    6 regions (50%)
    Somewhere in between
    5 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (8%)
    South America
    Legal
    4 regions (17%)
    Somewhere in between
    16 regions (70%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (9%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (4%)
    North America
    Legal
    1 regions (2%)
    Somewhere in between
    38 regions (70%)
    Illegal
    14 regions (26%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Africa
    Legal
    2 regions (5%)
    Somewhere in between
    19 regions (43%)
    Illegal
    19 regions (43%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (9%)
    Asia

    Serving openly in military

    50
    Legal
    62
    Somewhere in between
    47
    Illegal
    Legal
    50 regions (25%)
    Somewhere in between
    62 regions (31%)
    Illegal
    47 regions (24%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    38 regions (19%)
    Legal
    19 regions (38%)
    Somewhere in between
    26 regions (52%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (2%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (8%)
    Europe
    Legal
    4 regions (29%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    10 regions (71%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    9 regions (75%)
    Somewhere in between
    3 regions (25%)
    South America
    Legal
    9 regions (39%)
    Somewhere in between
    4 regions (17%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (9%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (35%)
    North America
    Somewhere in between
    20 regions (37%)
    Illegal
    26 regions (48%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (15%)
    Africa
    Legal
    9 regions (20%)
    Somewhere in between
    9 regions (20%)
    Illegal
    18 regions (41%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (18%)
    Asia

    Blood donations by MSMs

    124
    Legal
    Somewhere in between
    56
    Illegal
    Legal
    124 regions (63%)
    Somewhere in between
    regions (0%)
    Illegal
    56 regions (28%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    17 regions (9%)
    Legal
    35 regions (70%)
    Illegal
    13 regions (26%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (4%)
    Europe
    Legal
    12 regions (86%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (14%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    11 regions (92%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (8%)
    South America
    Legal
    18 regions (78%)
    Illegal
    4 regions (17%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (4%)
    North America
    Legal
    35 regions (65%)
    Illegal
    12 regions (22%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (13%)
    Africa
    Legal
    13 regions (30%)
    Illegal
    24 regions (55%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (16%)
    Asia

    Conversion therapy

    26
    Banned
    142
    Not banned
    Banned
    26 regions (13%)
    Not banned
    142 regions (72%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    29 regions (15%)
    Banned
    10 regions (20%)
    Not banned
    37 regions (74%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (6%)
    Europe
    Banned
    3 regions (21%)
    Not banned
    9 regions (64%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (14%)
    Oceania
    Banned
    6 regions (50%)
    Not banned
    5 regions (42%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (8%)
    South America
    Banned
    1 regions (4%)
    Not banned
    12 regions (52%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    10 regions (43%)
    North America
    Banned
    1 regions (2%)
    Not banned
    41 regions (76%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    12 regions (22%)
    Africa
    Banned
    5 regions (11%)
    Not banned
    38 regions (86%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Asia

    Equal age of consent

    132
    Equal
    17
    Unequal
    Equal
    132 regions (67%)
    Unequal
    17 regions (9%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    48 regions (24%)
    Equal
    50 regions (100%)
    Europe
    Equal
    10 regions (71%)
    Unequal
    3 regions (21%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (7%)
    Oceania
    Equal
    9 regions (75%)
    Unequal
    2 regions (17%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (8%)
    South America
    Equal
    18 regions (78%)
    Unequal
    1 regions (4%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (17%)
    North America
    Equal
    21 regions (39%)
    Unequal
    6 regions (11%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    27 regions (50%)
    Africa
    Equal
    24 regions (55%)
    Unequal
    5 regions (11%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    15 regions (34%)
    Asia
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