If homosexuality is illegal in a region, how do I label other homosexuality-related laws?

If homosexuality is illegal in a country, please use the following guide:

  • Same-sex marriage: If there are no laws on same-sex marriage or recognition of it, select "Not Legal"
  • Serving in the military: If there are no specific laws, select "Illegal"
  • Same-sex adoption: "Illegal"
  • Equal age of consent: "N/A" (Note: Do not select "equal" or "unequal", as this implies homosexual relationships have an age of consent.)

Always clarify in the "Notes" section that the status was determined by the homosexuality being illegal.
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Other Questions

Adding Data

Yes. You can set a law as a future date and it will be marked as a law that is going into effect in the future.

Please note that when you do this, you must also set an end date to the previous law (if there is one).
While on a country, identify the issue (such as "gay marriage") that you'd like to edit, and click "add an entry."
How to add a new entry


Choose the dates that the law began and ended. If the law you're adding is the present day law, select "none" for an end date.

Law Status

Choose the status of the law during those time periods. These statuses are predefined and cannot be edited (see: The law status that I'm looking for isn't listed. What do I do?).

You can also use three special law statuses. Please use these only when applicable:
  • Ambiguous: If the status of a law is debated or contested.
  • Not applicable: If the law does not apply to the country (for example, "LGBT people serving in the military" in a country that does not have a military program would be labeled as "Not applicable".)
  • Varies by region: If there are no laws defined at a national level, using this status will indicate that laws are defined by each of the country's states or provinces. Equaldex will display all state and province laws available for this issue.


Descriptions can be used to give a reader significant information about the law. See: What are the guidelines for writing a description?


Sources help verify the data you are inputting. See: What are sources used for?
Currently, you can only mark a law as "not applicable" for a set date range. If you'd like to mark the entire law as inapplicable for a country, please contact a moderator and they can easily do this for you.

To start editing, simply select a country, choose an issue that's missing some information, and then add an entry to fill in the missing data (See: How do I add a new entry?).

If you need a starting point, Wikipedia has some great articles that can be used as a jumping-off point: LGBT rights by country and list of LGBT rights articles by region.

If homosexuality is illegal in a country, please use the following guide:

  • Same-sex marriage: If there are no laws on same-sex marriage or recognition of it, select "Not Legal"
  • Serving in the military: If there are no specific laws, select "Illegal"
  • Same-sex adoption: "Illegal"
  • Equal age of consent: "N/A" (Note: Do not select "equal" or "unequal", as this implies homosexual relationships have an age of consent.)

Always clarify in the "Notes" section that the status was determined by the homosexuality being illegal.
Law statuses are predefined. If you feel one is missing, or aren't sure which to choose, please ask in the Equaldex Editors Facebook Group.

Note that (when applicable) you can add exceptions to the "Notes" section of the entry.
Sources are trusted links and other resources that verify the data you are inputting. Every entry should include a source. Multiple sources are always preferred.

Equaldex recommends using Wikipedia's guidelines on reliable sources.

Sources Should Include

  • Links to reputable news organizations validating the dates and details of a law.
  • Links to government websites that confirm the details of law.
  • Links to legislation tracking sites such as
  • A specific legislation or statute (including a section number if applicable) such as a penal code or a bill.

Sources Should NOT Include

  • Wikipedia or other Wikis, as all of the information on Wikipedia (ideally) relies on its other sources.
  • Blog posts or social media posts, unless it's from a verified, reputable source.

The "description" section of an entry includes important details about the law.

Writing Style

  • The ideal description should be a short paragraph.
  • Be grammatically correct. Use proper grammar, complete sentences and punctuation.
  • Use little to no formatting. Line breaks may be used if the description needs to be split into two paragraphs.
  • Descriptions must not reference other information on the page, as they may be displayed out of context in other areas of the site, or on external sites and apps.
  • It's fine to repeat the date, region, or status of the law (example: "In 2005, same-sex marriage became legal in Canada after The Civil Marriage Act was passed.")
  • Don't write information that will go out of date quickly. For example, don't write something like "There are now 50 countries that legalize same-sex marriage."
  • Don't include relative dates. Don't write "last month" or "this year."

Content To Include

  • The law, bill, act, and/or section number of the legal document. If applicable, include a link to a web version of this document in the Sources field.
  • Details on the significance of the law. For example, if it was the first European country to pass the law, if it put the country under international attention, etc.
  • Significant events leading to the passing of the law, such as counter-measures or public outcry.
  • The voting results, if the law was voted on by the public or elected officials. This provides more context on any resistance towards the law.
  • If the law is not enforced.
  • Penalties for breaking the law. For example, a law about homosexuality in a country where it is illegal might state that the penalty is life in prison.
  • If there are exceptions to the law (for example, "Same-sex marriage is illegal in this country except in the country's capital city.")

All entries must include a description. If one is missing a description, please report the entry and supply a description.
Laws on Equaldex generally refer to the written law. However, there are rare cases where it may be clearer to characterize the status of a law differently.

For example, if homosexuality is legal in a country, but homosexual acts are regularly convicted under other laws, it may be clearer to mark it as "illegal" but leave a note that homosexuality is not explicitly legal in the written law.

In cases like this, providing as much context -- and sources -- as possible is important.
Unknown dates should only be used in rare cases when that data is unavailable.

If you absolutely can't find a specific date of when a specific law went into effect or ended, you can set the day or month as "unknown."

In these cases, the date will be displayed as "March 1994" or just "1994" respectively.

Note that some functions of Equaldex require an complete date, so these dates will be treated as day one of the month or the year (for example, "March 1994" will be treated as "March 1, 1994" and "1994" will be "January 1, 1994").
If you're logged in and you're unable to add or edit any content, your account probably does not have editing privileges.
While Equaldex is still growing, the site is limited to who can edit it, however, all logged in users can vote on content, report content, and add or comment on discussion topics.
On your profile, the text "editor" will display next to your name if you have editing privileges.
If you're interested in becoming an editor, contact Equaldex.
See also: What are the different user types?

Editing Data

Currently, removing entries is not supported.

If you'd like one of your edits removed for any reason, you can report your own edit and explain your reasoning and a moderator will take care of it for you.

See also: How do I report incorrect information?
To prevent people from abusing Equaldex, editors are limited by the number of edits they can make within periods of time.

If you receive a message that you've reached an editing limit, please contact a moderator to be considered to be a Trusted Editor.
On any region page, you can click the "Details" link under each entry and click the "inaccurate" button to report that entry.

If you see several problems or want to discuss the accuracy of an entry, you can consider discussing it with other editors by creating a discussion topic on the region page (available in the sidebar).

If something else is wrong, feel free to post in the Equaldex Editors Facebook Group.
If you see two entries with overlapping date ranges, please report one of the entries and explain what the correct dates should be.

A moderator will then review the report and make necessary changes.
Once a law changes, the law that's listed as the present law should be edited so that the end date is the day the law changed.

From there, a new change should be added and labeled as the present law.

Keep in mind that only moderators can edit changes. Contact a moderator to make this change.
The font page map only displays the current laws. If a specific law is not displaying information for a country, it's likely that there is no present law for that country.

Keep in mind that it's possible for a country to only have historical (past) laws but not have a law listed as the present law.


Currently, there isn't a way to change your email address or username.

If you'd like to change your username or email, please contact [email protected]
Member: A regular member. Regular members can can vote on entries, report entries, and add or comment on discussion topics. Regular members cannot add or edit entries.

Editor: A member who has the ability to add entries to the site (Alpha Testers are also Editors).

Moderator: A moderator has privileges to make advanced edits, such as editing and deleting existing entries.

  • Have access to the moderation system to see reports made by users and revisions made to entries.
  • Review and close reports on entries by making appropriate changes.
  • Help settle edit debates between users.
  • Answer questions from new editors.
  • Delete entries if necessary.
  • Correct spelling and grammar on entries.
  • Participate in discussions about the future of the site.
  • Revoke editing rights from users who abuse the site.
  • Get a "Moderator" badge on your profile.

In an effort to get Equaldex out to the public sooner, Facebook is the only login method provided at this time.

An email-only authentication method will be offered in the future.


Currently, it is not possible to add or edit regions.

If a subregion (state, province, etc.) is missing or incorrect, please create a Discussion topic on the country's "Discuss" page.


Equaldex is a collaborative knowledge base for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) movement. Equaldex's goal is to become a platform to collect, display, and analyze, data about the LGBT laws, facts, polls, and opinions. Equaldex's data, which is in a structured and consistent format, is contributed and verified by its users.

Using this data, we'll be able to show which countries are progressing, which need the most help, how countries compare to each other, how the LGBT movement has progressed over the years, and display compelling stats and visualizations about the LGBT movement. My hope is that Equaldex will become the go-to resource for data about the LGBT movement.

Laws are just the start. More features will be coming that will give more insight into the LGBT movement, including how LGBT people feel, how the population feels about LGBT issues, who is helping move us forward, and who is holding us back.
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To Enable Social Networks on Avast Plugin

  1. Click on Avast extension button on your browser. In Chrome, this is on the top right of the browser. In Firefox, it will be on the top left.
  2. When the Avast menu appears, turn off the "Social Networks Blocked" option.
  3. Equaldex should now work properly. You may have to reload the page.

Exact steps will vary by browser, but once you've found the settings section of the Avast plugin, you should see a "Social Networks Blocked" option to turn off.

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If you can't login, try a different browser to check if the problem is related to your browser (or a plugin installed on that browser).

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The organizations feature on Equaldex is in a beta period, meaning that all organizations are hand selected.

If you'd like to list your organization listed on Equaldex, you can suggest it.

Once your organizations is submitted, we encourage organizations to link back to Equaldex on their site. Doing this beforehand can expedite the approval process.
Equaldex and its editors add organization and companies that are relevant to the LGBT community. Organizations may be listed on region pages to provide assistance to LGBT people who are interested in supporting the LGBT community in a given country.

See also: How do I get my organization listed on Equaldex?


Karma on Equaldex is a score you receive by receiving upvotes on news posts and comments.

Karma is an aggregate score of all your posts and comments. When someone upvotes your post, you receive one karma point, if someone downvotes your post, you lose one karma point.
  • Post karma is karma you receive on your news posts.
  • Comment karma is karma you receive on your comments across all of Equaldex.
  • Total karma= post karma + comment karma.

Karma can give you special privileges, such as the ability to downvote.

Karma is listed on your user profile.