LGBT discrimination

LGBTQ+ people are protected from discrimination in 87 countries and territories.

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  • Illegal
  • No protections
  • Illegal in some contexts
  • Unknown, N/A, or ambiguous

Recent Changes

  • Jan 1 2022Became Illegal in some contexts in Nebraska
  • Oct 21 2021Became Illegal in some contexts in Namibia
  • Jul 1 2020Became Illegal in some contexts in Virginia
  • Oct 7 2019Became Illegal in some contexts in Singapore
  • Jun 13 2019Became Illegal in Piauí
  • Jun 13 2019Became Illegal in Roraima
  • Jun 13 2019Became Illegal in Santa Catarina
  • Jun 13 2019Became Illegal in Tocantins

LGBT discrimination

Prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Summary

87
Protected
87 regions (38%)
Protected
48
Some protections
48 regions (21%)
Some protections
93
No protections
93 regions (40%)
No protections
4
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
4 regions (2%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
Europe
75%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Protected
39 regions (75%)
Some protections
8 regions (15%)
No protections
4 regions (8%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (2%)
Oceania
42%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Protected
10 regions (42%)
Some protections
8 regions (33%)
No protections
6 regions (25%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
regions (0%)
South America
57%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Protected
8 regions (57%)
Some protections
2 regions (14%)
No protections
4 regions (29%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
regions (0%)
North America
42%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Protected
15 regions (42%)
Some protections
8 regions (22%)
No protections
12 regions (33%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (3%)
Africa
15%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Protected
9 regions (15%)
Some protections
12 regions (20%)
No protections
38 regions (64%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
regions (0%)
Asia
13%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Protected
6 regions (13%)
Some protections
10 regions (22%)
No protections
29 regions (63%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (2%)

Progress over time

Number of countries with equality for lgbt discrimination over the past 60 years.

Recent changes

LGBT discrimination by country

(and dependent territories)

Illegal in some contexts

LGBT discrimination is illegal in some contexts in 48 regions.

  1. Europe (8)
  2. Cyprus 2013
  3. Italy 2003
  4. Latvia 2006
  5. Moldova 2013
  6. Monaco 2005
  7. Poland 2003
  8. Ukraine 2015
  9. Vatican City
  10. South America (2)
  11. Argentina 2009
  12. Venezuela 2012

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

Data on lgbt discrimination is unclear, not applicable, or missing in 4 regions.

  1. Asia (1)
  2. North Korea
  3. Europe (1)
  4. Sweden
  5. North America (1)
  6. United States
  7. Antarctica (1)
  8. Antarctica

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