LGBT discrimination

LGBTQ+ people are protected from discrimination in 83 countries.

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

Recent Changes

  • Oct 21 2021Became Illegal in some contexts in Namibia
  • Jun 15 2020Became Illegal in some contexts in United States
  • Jun 13 2019Became Illegal in Brazil
  • Jan 1 2019Became Illegal in Isle of Man
  • Jan 1 2019Became Illegal in Cuba
  • Jan 1 2019Became Illegal in Botswana
  • Sep 6 2018Became Illegal in India
  • Jun 11 2018Became No protections in South Dakota

LGBT discrimination

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

Summary

83
Protected
83 regions (36%)
Protected
51
Some protections
51 regions (22%)
Some protections
93
No protections
93 regions (40%)
No protections
5
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
5 regions (2%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
Europe
67%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Protected
35 regions (67%)
Some protections
12 regions (23%)
No protections
5 regions (10%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
regions (0%)
Oceania
50%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Protected
12 regions (50%)
Some protections
6 regions (25%)
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
44%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Protected
16 regions (44%)
Some protections
7 regions (19%)
No protections
13 regions (36%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
regions (0%)
Africa
15%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Protected
9 regions (15%)
Some protections
13 regions (22%)
No protections
36 regions (61%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (2%)
Asia
7%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Protected
3 regions (7%)
Some protections
11 regions (24%)
No protections
29 regions (63%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (7%)

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 51 regions.

  1. Europe (12)
  2. Denmark 1996
  3. Estonia 2009
  4. Italy 2003
  5. Latvia 2006
  6. Lithuania 2009
  7. Moldova 2013
  8. Monaco 2005
  9. North Macedonia 2010
  10. Poland 2003
  11. Slovakia 2013
  12. Ukraine 2015
  13. Vatican City
  14. South America (2)
  15. Argentina 2009
  16. Venezuela 2012

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

Data on lgbt discrimination is unclear, not applicable, or missing in 5 regions.

  1. Africa (1)
  2. Comoros
  3. Antarctica (1)
  4. Antarctica

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