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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
    69
    Illegal
    Legal
    158 regions (68%)
    Illegal
    69 regions (30%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (2%)
    Legal
    52 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
    24 regions (41%)
    Illegal
    34 regions (58%)
    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

    47
    Legal
    112
    Somewhere in between
    71
    Illegal
    Legal
    47 regions (20%)
    Somewhere in between
    112 regions (48%)
    Illegal
    71 regions (31%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (0%)
    Legal
    17 regions (33%)
    Somewhere in between
    26 regions (50%)
    Illegal
    9 regions (17%)
    Europe
    Legal
    9 regions (38%)
    Somewhere in between
    10 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (21%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    6 regions (43%)
    Somewhere in between
    6 regions (43%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (14%)
    South America
    Legal
    9 regions (25%)
    Somewhere in between
    23 regions (64%)
    Illegal
    4 regions (11%)
    North America
    Legal
    5 regions (8%)
    Somewhere in between
    25 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    29 regions (49%)
    Africa
    Legal
    1 regions (2%)
    Somewhere in between
    22 regions (48%)
    Illegal
    22 regions (48%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Asia

    Censorship of LGBT Issues

    215
    No censorship
    7
    Censorship exists
    No censorship
    215 regions (93%)
    Censorship exists
    7 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (4%)
    No censorship
    48 regions (92%)
    Censorship exists
    2 regions (4%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (4%)
    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
    36 regions (100%)
    North America
    No censorship
    57 regions (97%)
    Censorship exists
    2 regions (3%)
    Africa
    No censorship
    37 regions (80%)
    Censorship exists
    3 regions (7%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    6 regions (13%)
    Asia

    Right to change legal gender

    88
    Legal
    34
    Somewhere in between
    24
    Illegal
    Legal
    88 regions (38%)
    Somewhere in between
    34 regions (15%)
    Illegal
    24 regions (10%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    85 regions (37%)
    Legal
    27 regions (52%)
    Somewhere in between
    12 regions (23%)
    Illegal
    3 regions (6%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    10 regions (19%)
    Europe
    Legal
    11 regions (46%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (4%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (8%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    10 regions (42%)
    Oceania
    Legal
    5 regions (36%)
    Somewhere in between
    4 regions (29%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (7%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (29%)
    South America
    Legal
    10 regions (28%)
    Somewhere in between
    3 regions (8%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    22 regions (61%)
    North America
    Legal
    24 regions (41%)
    Somewhere in between
    2 regions (3%)
    Illegal
    8 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    25 regions (42%)
    Africa
    Legal
    11 regions (24%)
    Somewhere in between
    12 regions (26%)
    Illegal
    9 regions (20%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    14 regions (30%)
    Asia

    Legal recognition of non-binary gender

    10
    Recognized
    Some recognition
    8
    Not recognized
    Recognized
    10 regions (4%)
    Some recognition
    regions (0%)
    Not recognized
    8 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    213 regions (92%)
    Recognized
    2 regions (4%)
    Not recognized
    7 regions (13%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    43 regions (83%)
    Europe
    Recognized
    2 regions (8%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    22 regions (92%)
    Oceania
    Recognized
    1 regions (7%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    13 regions (93%)
    South America
    Recognized
    1 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    35 regions (97%)
    North America
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    59 regions (100%)
    Africa
    Recognized
    4 regions (9%)
    Not recognized
    1 regions (2%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    41 regions (89%)
    Asia

    LGBT discrimination

    80
    Protected
    52
    Some protections
    99
    No protections
    Protected
    80 regions (35%)
    Some protections
    52 regions (23%)
    No protections
    99 regions (43%)
    Protected
    33 regions (63%)
    Some protections
    13 regions (25%)
    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
    15 regions (25%)
    No protections
    37 regions (63%)
    Africa
    Protected
    4 regions (9%)
    Some protections
    7 regions (15%)
    No protections
    33 regions (72%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (4%)
    Asia

    LGBT employment discrimination

    90
    Protected
    26
    Some protections
    84
    No protections
    Protected
    90 regions (39%)
    Some protections
    26 regions (11%)
    No protections
    84 regions (36%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    31 regions (13%)
    Protected
    30 regions (58%)
    Some protections
    12 regions (23%)
    No protections
    6 regions (12%)
    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
    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
    11 regions (31%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (8%)
    North America
    Protected
    8 regions (14%)
    Some protections
    5 regions (8%)
    No protections
    31 regions (53%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    15 regions (25%)
    Africa
    Protected
    8 regions (17%)
    Some protections
    3 regions (7%)
    No protections
    29 regions (63%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    6 regions (13%)
    Asia

    LGBT housing discrimination

    98
    Protected
    4
    Some protections
    105
    No protections
    Protected
    98 regions (42%)
    Some protections
    4 regions (2%)
    No protections
    105 regions (45%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    24 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
    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
    41 regions (69%)
    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

    48
    Legal
    137
    Somewhere in between
    29
    Illegal
    Legal
    48 regions (21%)
    Somewhere in between
    137 regions (59%)
    Illegal
    29 regions (13%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    17 regions (7%)
    Legal
    18 regions (35%)
    Somewhere in between
    21 regions (40%)
    Illegal
    8 regions (15%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    5 regions (10%)
    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
    7 regions (50%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (7%)
    South America
    Legal
    8 regions (22%)
    Somewhere in between
    26 regions (72%)
    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
    22 regions (48%)
    Illegal
    12 regions (26%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (20%)
    Asia

    Homosexuals serving openly in military

    155
    Legal
    4
    Somewhere in between
    23
    Illegal
    Legal
    155 regions (67%)
    Somewhere in between
    4 regions (2%)
    Illegal
    23 regions (10%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    49 regions (21%)
    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
    12 regions (86%)
    Illegal
    1 regions (7%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (7%)
    South America
    Legal
    28 regions (78%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (19%)
    North America
    Legal
    37 regions (63%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (2%)
    Illegal
    14 regions (24%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (12%)
    Africa
    Legal
    21 regions (46%)
    Illegal
    7 regions (15%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    18 regions (39%)
    Asia

    Blood donations by MSMs

    144
    Legal
    54
    Illegal
    Legal
    144 regions (62%)
    Illegal
    54 regions (23%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    33 regions (14%)
    Legal
    20 regions (38%)
    Illegal
    24 regions (46%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (15%)
    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
    1 regions (7%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (14%)
    South America
    Legal
    29 regions (81%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (6%)
    North America
    Legal
    46 regions (78%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    11 regions (19%)
    Africa
    Legal
    22 regions (48%)
    Illegal
    15 regions (33%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (20%)
    Asia

    Conversion therapy

    20
    Banned
    88
    Not banned
    Banned
    20 regions (9%)
    Not banned
    88 regions (38%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    123 regions (53%)
    Banned
    5 regions (10%)
    Not banned
    29 regions (56%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    18 regions (35%)
    Europe
    Banned
    6 regions (25%)
    Not banned
    1 regions (4%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    17 regions (71%)
    Oceania
    Banned
    3 regions (21%)
    Not banned
    9 regions (64%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (14%)
    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
    1 regions (2%)
    Not banned
    13 regions (22%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    45 regions (76%)
    Africa
    Banned
    3 regions (7%)
    Not banned
    24 regions (52%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    19 regions (41%)
    Asia

    Equal age of consent

    182
    Equal
    35
    Unequal
    Equal
    182 regions (79%)
    Unequal
    35 regions (15%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    14 regions (6%)
    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
    43 regions (73%)
    Unequal
    12 regions (20%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (7%)
    Africa
    Equal
    31 regions (67%)
    Unequal
    8 regions (17%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (15%)
    Asia
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