Compare LGBT Rights in Costa Rica & Panama

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Public Opinion
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
Perceived Acceptance of Gay 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
Unrecognized
Since 1972
Censorship of LGBT IssuesNo censorshipNo censorship
Right to change legal genderLegal, surgery not requiredLegal, but requires surgery
Since 2006
Legal recognition of non-binary genderUnknownUnknown
LGBT discriminationIllegal in some contexts
Since 2015
No protections
Since 1972
LGBT employment discriminationSexual orientation and gender identity
Since 1998
Sexual orientation only
Since 2017
LGBT housing discriminationSexual orientation and gender identity
Since 1998
No protections
Since 1972
Same-sex adoptionLegal
Since 2020
Illegal
Since 2021
Serving openly in militaryN/AN/A
Blood donations by MSMsLegalLegal
Conversion therapyNot bannedNot banned
Equal age of consentEqualEqual
Since 2008
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