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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

    161
    Legal
    69
    Illegal
    Legal
    161 regions (70%)
    Illegal
    69 regions (30%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (0%)
    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
    25 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    34 regions (58%)
    Africa
    Legal
    26 regions (57%)
    Illegal
    19 regions (41%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Asia

    Same-sex marriage

    52
    Legal
    108
    Somewhere in between
    70
    Illegal
    Legal
    52 regions (23%)
    Somewhere in between
    108 regions (47%)
    Illegal
    70 regions (30%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (0%)
    Legal
    19 regions (37%)
    Somewhere in between
    24 regions (46%)
    Illegal
    9 regions (17%)
    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
    25 regions (42%)
    Illegal
    28 regions (47%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Africa
    Legal
    1 regions (2%)
    Somewhere in between
    23 regions (50%)
    Illegal
    21 regions (46%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Asia

    Censorship of LGBT Issues

    199
    No censorship
    17
    Censorship exists
    No censorship
    199 regions (86%)
    Censorship exists
    17 regions (7%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    15 regions (6%)
    No censorship
    47 regions (90%)
    Censorship exists
    3 regions (6%)
    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
    35 regions (97%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (3%)
    North America
    No censorship
    51 regions (86%)
    Censorship exists
    5 regions (8%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    3 regions (5%)
    Africa
    No censorship
    29 regions (63%)
    Censorship exists
    9 regions (20%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (17%)
    Asia

    Right to change legal gender

    72
    Legal
    39
    Somewhere in between
    36
    Illegal
    Legal
    72 regions (31%)
    Somewhere in between
    39 regions (17%)
    Illegal
    36 regions (16%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    84 regions (36%)
    Legal
    25 regions (48%)
    Somewhere in between
    15 regions (29%)
    Illegal
    3 regions (6%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (17%)
    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
    10 regions (28%)
    Somewhere in between
    2 regions (6%)
    Illegal
    2 regions (6%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    22 regions (61%)
    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
    8 regions (17%)
    Somewhere in between
    16 regions (35%)
    Illegal
    12 regions (26%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    10 regions (22%)
    Asia

    Legal recognition of non-binary gender

    14
    Recognized
    2
    Some recognition
    15
    Not recognized
    Recognized
    14 regions (6%)
    Some recognition
    2 regions (1%)
    Not recognized
    15 regions (6%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    200 regions (87%)
    Recognized
    3 regions (6%)
    Some recognition
    2 regions (4%)
    Not recognized
    10 regions (19%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    37 regions (71%)
    Europe
    Recognized
    2 regions (8%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    22 regions (92%)
    Oceania
    Recognized
    2 regions (14%)
    Not recognized
    1 regions (7%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    11 regions (79%)
    South America
    Recognized
    2 regions (6%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    34 regions (94%)
    North America
    Recognized
    1 regions (2%)
    Not recognized
    2 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    56 regions (95%)
    Africa
    Recognized
    4 regions (9%)
    Not recognized
    2 regions (4%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    40 regions (87%)
    Asia

    LGBT discrimination

    84
    Protected
    52
    Some protections
    98
    No protections
    Protected
    84 regions (36%)
    Some protections
    52 regions (23%)
    No protections
    98 regions (42%)
    Protected
    35 regions (67%)
    Some protections
    12 regions (23%)
    No protections
    5 regions (10%)
    Europe
    Protected
    12 regions (50%)
    Some protections
    6 regions (25%)
    No protections
    6 regions (25%)
    Oceania
    Protected
    8 regions (57%)
    Some protections
    2 regions (14%)
    No protections
    4 regions (29%)
    South America
    Protected
    16 regions (44%)
    Some protections
    7 regions (19%)
    No protections
    13 regions (36%)
    North America
    Protected
    9 regions (15%)
    Some protections
    14 regions (24%)
    No protections
    39 regions (66%)
    Africa
    Protected
    4 regions (9%)
    Some protections
    11 regions (24%)
    No protections
    31 regions (67%)
    Asia

    LGBT employment discrimination

    90
    Protected
    28
    Some protections
    83
    No protections
    Protected
    90 regions (39%)
    Some protections
    28 regions (12%)
    No protections
    83 regions (36%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    30 regions (13%)
    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
    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
    6 regions (10%)
    Some protections
    7 regions (12%)
    No protections
    32 regions (54%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    14 regions (24%)
    Africa
    Protected
    8 regions (17%)
    Some protections
    3 regions (7%)
    No protections
    28 regions (61%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (15%)
    Asia

    LGBT housing discrimination

    96
    Protected
    5
    Some protections
    104
    No protections
    Protected
    96 regions (42%)
    Some protections
    5 regions (2%)
    No protections
    104 regions (45%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    26 regions (11%)
    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
    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
    9 regions (20%)
    No protections
    29 regions (63%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (17%)
    Asia

    Same-sex adoption

    49
    Legal
    129
    Somewhere in between
    33
    Illegal
    Legal
    49 regions (21%)
    Somewhere in between
    129 regions (56%)
    Illegal
    33 regions (14%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    20 regions (9%)
    Legal
    20 regions (38%)
    Somewhere in between
    21 regions (40%)
    Illegal
    7 regions (13%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (8%)
    Europe
    Legal
    7 regions (29%)
    Somewhere in between
    15 regions (63%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    2 regions (8%)
    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
    42 regions (71%)
    Illegal
    10 regions (17%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (2%)
    Africa
    Legal
    2 regions (4%)
    Somewhere in between
    21 regions (46%)
    Illegal
    14 regions (30%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (20%)
    Asia

    Serving openly in military

    154
    Legal
    9
    Somewhere in between
    24
    Illegal
    Legal
    154 regions (67%)
    Somewhere in between
    9 regions (4%)
    Illegal
    24 regions (10%)
    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
    27 regions (75%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (3%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    8 regions (22%)
    North America
    Legal
    35 regions (59%)
    Somewhere in between
    1 regions (2%)
    Illegal
    16 regions (27%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (12%)
    Africa
    Legal
    22 regions (48%)
    Somewhere in between
    4 regions (9%)
    Illegal
    7 regions (15%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    13 regions (28%)
    Asia

    Blood donations by MSMs

    147
    Legal
    58
    Illegal
    Legal
    147 regions (64%)
    Illegal
    58 regions (25%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    26 regions (11%)
    Legal
    24 regions (46%)
    Illegal
    24 regions (46%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    4 regions (8%)
    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
    29 regions (81%)
    Illegal
    6 regions (17%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    1 regions (3%)
    North America
    Legal
    45 regions (76%)
    Illegal
    5 regions (8%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (15%)
    Africa
    Legal
    21 regions (46%)
    Illegal
    16 regions (35%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    9 regions (20%)
    Asia

    Conversion therapy

    29
    Banned
    92
    Not banned
    Banned
    29 regions (13%)
    Not banned
    92 regions (40%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    110 regions (48%)
    Banned
    7 regions (13%)
    Not banned
    28 regions (54%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    17 regions (33%)
    Europe
    Banned
    9 regions (38%)
    Not banned
    1 regions (4%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    14 regions (58%)
    Oceania
    Banned
    6 regions (43%)
    Not banned
    8 regions (57%)
    South America
    Banned
    2 regions (6%)
    Not banned
    13 regions (36%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    21 regions (58%)
    North America
    Banned
    1 regions (2%)
    Not banned
    16 regions (27%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    42 regions (71%)
    Africa
    Banned
    4 regions (9%)
    Not banned
    26 regions (57%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    16 regions (35%)
    Asia

    Equal age of consent

    174
    Equal
    42
    Unequal
    Equal
    174 regions (75%)
    Unequal
    42 regions (18%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    15 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
    38 regions (64%)
    Unequal
    16 regions (27%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    5 regions (8%)
    Africa
    Equal
    28 regions (61%)
    Unequal
    11 regions (24%)
    No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
    7 regions (15%)
    Asia
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