Compare LGBT Rights in Costa Rica & Panama

Equality Index ?
72 / 100
42 / 100
Legal Index ?
86 / 100
44 / 100
Public Opinion Index ?
58 / 100
41 / 100
Public Opinion
Perceptions of local area as a "good place" for gay and lesbian people
(Gallup, June 21, 2023)
62% Good Place
0%
45% Good Place
0%
Support for same-sex marriage (North and South America)
(AmericasBarometer, 2016-2017)
35% Approve
65% Disapprove
22% Approve
78% Disapprove
Acceptance of gay people in public office (North and South America)
(AmericasBarometer, 2016-2017)
57% Approve
44% Disapprove
38% Approve
62% Disapprove
Perceptions of local area as a "good place" for gay and lesbian people
(Gallup, 2013)
61% Good place
33% Not a good place
45% Good place
45% Not a good place
Law
Homosexual activityLegal
Since 2002
Legal
Since 2007
Same-sex marriageLegal
Since 2020
Not legal
Since 1972
Censorship of LGBT IssuesNo censorshipNo censorship
Right to change legal genderLegal, no restrictions
Since 2018
Legal, but requires surgery
Since 2006
Legal recognition of non-binary genderAmbiguous
Since 2022
Not legally recognized
LGBT discriminationIllegal in some contexts
Since 2015
No protections
LGBT employment discriminationSexual orientation only
Since 2016
No protections
LGBT housing discriminationNo protectionsNo protections
Since 1972
Same-sex adoptionLegal
Since 2020
Illegal
Since 2021
Serving openly in militaryN/AN/A
Blood donations by MSMsLegalBanned (indefinite deferral)
Conversion therapyNot bannedNot banned
Equal age of consentEqualEqual
Since 2008
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