Censorship of LGBT Issues

Several regions make it illegal to discuss, promote, or teach LGBTQ+ topics.

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  • No censorship
  • State-enforced
  • Fine as punishment
  • Other punishment
  • Imprisonment as punishment
  • Varies by region or ambiguous
  • Unknown or N/A

Recent Changes

  • Feb 29 2024Became Imprisonment as punishment in region
  • Feb 28 2024Became State-enforced in region
  • Feb 13 2024Became State-enforced in region
  • Nov 30 2023Became Imprisonment as punishment in region
  • Nov 30 2023Became Other punishment in region
  • Aug 16 2023Became State-enforced in region
  • Aug 14 2023Became Fine as punishment in region
  • Jul 1 2023Became State-enforced in region

Censorship of LGBT Issues

Censorship or prohibition of discussing, promoting, or teaching LGBTQ+ topics in media, schools, and in the general public.

Summary

138
No censorship
138 regions (70%)
No censorship
52
Censorship exists
52 regions (26%)
Censorship exists
8
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
8 regions (4%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
Europe
84%
LEGAL EQUALITY
No censorship
42 regions (84%)
Censorship exists
6 regions (12%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (4%)
Oceania
100%
LEGAL EQUALITY
No censorship
14 regions (100%)
Censorship exists
regions (0%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
regions (0%)
South America
92%
LEGAL EQUALITY
No censorship
11 regions (92%)
Censorship exists
1 regions (8%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
regions (0%)
North America
91%
LEGAL EQUALITY
No censorship
21 regions (91%)
Censorship exists
1 regions (4%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (4%)
Africa
61%
LEGAL EQUALITY
No censorship
33 regions (61%)
Censorship exists
18 regions (33%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (6%)
Asia
36%
LEGAL EQUALITY
No censorship
16 regions (36%)
Censorship exists
26 regions (59%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (5%)

Progress Over Time

Number of countries with equality for censorship of lgbt issues over the past 61 years.

Censorship of LGBT Issues by Country

State-enforced

Censorship of LGBT Issues is state-enforced in 29 regions.

  1. Europe (2)
  2. Belarus
  3. Turkey
  4. North America (1)
  5. El Salvador 2024
  6. South America (1)
  7. Paraguay 2017

Fine as punishment

Censorship of LGBT Issues is fine as punishment in 4 regions.

  1. Asia (1)
  2. Kyrgyzstan 2023
  3. Europe (2)
  4. Hungary 2021
  5. Lithuania
  6. Africa (1)
  7. Burundi

Other punishment

Censorship of LGBT Issues is other punishment in 3 regions.

  1. Asia (1)
  2. Iran 2013
  3. Europe (2)
  4. Russia 2023
  5. Vatican City

Imprisonment as punishment

Censorship of LGBT Issues is imprisonment as punishment in 16 regions.

No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous

Data on censorship of lgbt issues is unclear, not applicable, or missing in 8 regions.

  1. Europe (2)
  2. Slovakia
  3. Ukraine
  4. North America (1)
  5. United States

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