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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

    160
    Legal
    67
    Illegal
    Legal
    160 regions (69%)
    Illegal
    67 regions (29%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (2%)
    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
    25 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    33 regions (56%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Africa
    Legal
    24 regions (52%)
    Illegal
    19 regions (41%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (7%)
    Asia

    Same-sex marriage

    54
    Legal
    104
    Somewhere in between
    69
    Illegal
    Legal
    54 regions (23%)
    Somewhere in between
    104 regions (45%)
    Illegal
    69 regions (30%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (2%)
    Legal
    21 regions (40%)
    Somewhere in between
    22 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    8 regions (15%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    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
    26 regions (44%)
    Illegal
    27 regions (46%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Africa
    Legal
    1 regions (2%)
    Somewhere in between
    20 regions (43%)
    Illegal
    22 regions (48%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (7%)
    Asia

    Censorship of LGBT Issues

    199
    No censorship
    24
    Censorship exists
    No censorship
    199 regions (86%)
    Censorship exists
    24 regions (10%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 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%)
    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
    50 regions (85%)
    Censorship exists
    6 regions (10%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (5%)
    Africa
    No censorship
    31 regions (67%)
    Censorship exists
    13 regions (28%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (4%)
    Asia

    Right to change legal gender

    75
    Legal
    39
    Somewhere in between
    33
    Illegal
    Legal
    75 regions (32%)
    Somewhere in between
    39 regions (17%)
    Illegal
    33 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    84 regions (36%)
    Legal
    28 regions (54%)
    Somewhere in between
    13 regions (25%)
    Illegal
    3 regions (6%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (15%)
    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
    18 regions (39%)
    Illegal
    8 regions (17%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    13 regions (28%)
    Asia

    Legal recognition of non-binary gender

    15
    Recognized
    5
    Some recognition
    28
    Not recognized
    Recognized
    15 regions (6%)
    Some recognition
    5 regions (2%)
    Not recognized
    28 regions (12%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    183 regions (79%)
    Recognized
    3 regions (6%)
    Some recognition
    2 regions (4%)
    Not recognized
    16 regions (31%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    31 regions (60%)
    Europe
    Recognized
    2 regions (8%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    22 regions (92%)
    Oceania
    Recognized
    3 regions (21%)
    Some recognition
    2 regions (14%)
    Not recognized
    2 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (50%)
    South America
    Recognized
    2 regions (6%)
    Not recognized
    3 regions (8%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    31 regions (86%)
    North America
    Recognized
    1 regions (2%)
    Some recognition
    1 regions (2%)
    Not recognized
    2 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    55 regions (93%)
    Africa
    Recognized
    4 regions (9%)
    Not recognized
    5 regions (11%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    37 regions (80%)
    Asia

    LGBT discrimination

    82
    Protected
    52
    Some protections
    97
    No protections
    Protected
    82 regions (35%)
    Some protections
    52 regions (23%)
    No protections
    97 regions (42%)
    Protected
    35 regions (67%)
    Some protections
    12 regions (23%)
    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
    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
    13 regions (22%)
    No protections
    40 regions (68%)
    Africa
    Protected
    5 regions (11%)
    Some protections
    10 regions (22%)
    No protections
    30 regions (65%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Asia

    LGBT employment discrimination

    88
    Protected
    28
    Some protections
    89
    No protections
    Protected
    88 regions (38%)
    Some protections
    28 regions (12%)
    No protections
    89 regions (39%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    26 regions (11%)
    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
    33 regions (56%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    13 regions (22%)
    Africa
    Protected
    7 regions (15%)
    Some protections
    3 regions (7%)
    No protections
    32 regions (70%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (9%)
    Asia

    LGBT housing discrimination

    95
    Protected
    5
    Some protections
    109
    No protections
    Protected
    95 regions (41%)
    Some protections
    5 regions (2%)
    No protections
    109 regions (47%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    22 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
    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
    41 regions (69%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (15%)
    Africa
    Protected
    8 regions (17%)
    No protections
    33 regions (72%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    5 regions (11%)
    Asia

    Same-sex adoption

    50
    Legal
    128
    Somewhere in between
    35
    Illegal
    Legal
    50 regions (22%)
    Somewhere in between
    128 regions (55%)
    Illegal
    35 regions (15%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    18 regions (8%)
    Legal
    21 regions (40%)
    Somewhere in between
    20 regions (38%)
    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
    40 regions (68%)
    Illegal
    12 regions (20%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Africa
    Legal
    1 regions (2%)
    Somewhere in between
    23 regions (50%)
    Illegal
    13 regions (28%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (20%)
    Asia

    Serving openly in military

    150
    Legal
    10
    Somewhere in between
    27
    Illegal
    Legal
    150 regions (65%)
    Somewhere in between
    10 regions (4%)
    Illegal
    27 regions (12%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    44 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
    34 regions (58%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (2%)
    Illegal
    15 regions (25%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (15%)
    Africa
    Legal
    20 regions (43%)
    Somewhere in between
    5 regions (11%)
    Illegal
    10 regions (22%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    11 regions (24%)
    Asia

    Blood donations by MSMs

    143
    Legal
    62
    Illegal
    Legal
    143 regions (62%)
    Illegal
    62 regions (27%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    26 regions (11%)
    Legal
    26 regions (50%)
    Illegal
    23 regions (44%)
    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
    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
    42 regions (71%)
    Illegal
    8 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (15%)
    Africa
    Legal
    17 regions (37%)
    Illegal
    19 regions (41%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    10 regions (22%)
    Asia

    Conversion therapy

    26
    Banned
    99
    Not banned
    Banned
    26 regions (11%)
    Not banned
    99 regions (43%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    106 regions (46%)
    Banned
    7 regions (13%)
    Not banned
    31 regions (60%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    14 regions (27%)
    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
    18 regions (31%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    40 regions (68%)
    Africa
    Banned
    5 regions (11%)
    Not banned
    28 regions (61%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    13 regions (28%)
    Asia

    Equal age of consent

    171
    Equal
    41
    Unequal
    Equal
    171 regions (74%)
    Unequal
    41 regions (18%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    19 regions (8%)
    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
    33 regions (56%)
    Unequal
    14 regions (24%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    12 regions (20%)
    Africa
    Equal
    30 regions (65%)
    Unequal
    12 regions (26%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (9%)
    Asia
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