Equal age of consent

In 9 countries, the age of consent is not equalized for same-sex relationships.

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  • Equal
  • Female equal, male N/A
  • Unequal
  • Varies by region or ambiguous
  • Unknown or N/A

Recent Changes

  • Dec 12 2022Became Equal in region
  • Aug 29 2022Became Equal in region
  • Aug 26 2022Became Equal in region
  • Aug 26 2022Became Equal in region
  • Jul 5 2022Became Equal in region
  • Jun 1 2022Became Equal in region
  • Jun 29 2020Became Unequal in region
  • Oct 15 2019Became Equal in region

Equal age of consent

The difference between legal age of consent for homosexual sex and heterosexual sex.

Summary

135
Equal
135 regions (68%)
Equal
9
Unequal
9 regions (5%)
Unequal
54
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
54 regions (27%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
Europe
98%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Equal
49 regions (98%)
Unequal
regions (0%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (2%)
Oceania
79%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Equal
11 regions (79%)
Unequal
regions (0%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (21%)
South America
75%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Equal
9 regions (75%)
Unequal
2 regions (17%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (8%)
North America
78%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Equal
18 regions (78%)
Unequal
1 regions (4%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
4 regions (17%)
Africa
39%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Equal
21 regions (39%)
Unequal
6 regions (11%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
27 regions (50%)
Asia
59%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Equal
26 regions (59%)
Unequal
regions (0%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
18 regions (41%)

Progress Over Time

Number of countries with equality for equal age of consent over the past 61 years.

Equal age of consent by Country

Equal

Equal age of consent is equal in 130 regions.

  1. South America (9)
  2. Argentina 2001
  3. Bolivia 1999
  4. Brazil 1940
  5. Chile 2022
  6. Colombia
  7. Ecuador 1997
  8. Peru 1836
  9. Uruguay 1933
  10. Venezuela 1998
  11. Antarctica (1)
  12. Antarctica

Female equal, male N/A

Equal age of consent is female equal, male n/a in 5 regions.

  1. Africa (1)
  2. Zimbabwe
  3. Oceania (1)
  4. Papua New Guinea

Unequal

Equal age of consent is unequal in 9 regions.

  1. North America (1)
  2. Bahamas
  3. South America (2)
  4. Paraguay
  5. Suriname 1869

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