Serving openly in military

LGBTQ+ people are banned from serving openly in the military in 29 countries.

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  • Legal
  • Don't Ask, Don't Tell
  • Illegal
  • Lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned
  • Unknown, N/A, or ambiguous

Recent Changes

  • Jan 25 2021Became Legal in United States
  • Jun 29 2020Became Legal in Gabon
  • Apr 11 2019Became Lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned in United States
  • Jan 1 2018Became Lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned in United States
  • Jan 1 2018Became Legal in Kuwait
  • Jan 1 2018Became Legal in Puerto Rico
  • Oct 15 2017Became Legal in Mizoram
  • Oct 15 2017Became Legal in Meghalaya

Serving openly in military

The ability for homosexuals to serve in the military and be open about their sexuality.

Summary

156
Legal
156 regions (67%)
Legal
4
Somewhere in between
4 regions (2%)
Somewhere in between
25
Illegal
25 regions (11%)
Illegal
47
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
47 regions (20%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
Europe
81%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
42 regions (81%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (2%)
Illegal
1 regions (2%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
8 regions (15%)
Oceania
63%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
15 regions (63%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (4%)
Illegal
regions (0%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
8 regions (33%)
South America
93%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
13 regions (93%)
Somewhere in between
regions (0%)
Illegal
1 regions (7%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
regions (0%)
North America
78%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
28 regions (78%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (3%)
Illegal
regions (0%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
7 regions (19%)
Africa
61%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
36 regions (61%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (2%)
Illegal
15 regions (25%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
7 regions (12%)
Asia
48%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
22 regions (48%)
Somewhere in between
regions (0%)
Illegal
8 regions (17%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
16 regions (35%)

Progress over time

Number of countries with equality for serving openly in military over the past 60 years.

Recent changes

Serving openly in military by country

(and dependent territories)

Legal

Serving openly in military is legal in 156 regions.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Serving openly in military is don't ask, don't tell in 4 regions.

  1. Europe (1)
  2. Belarus
  3. North America (1)
  4. El Salvador

Illegal

Serving openly in military is illegal in 25 regions.

  1. Europe (1)
  2. Turkey
  3. South America (1)
  4. Venezuela

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