Serving openly in military

LGBTQ+ people are banned from serving openly in the military in 36 countries and territories.

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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 1 2022Became Legal in Kazakhstan
  • Jan 26 2021Became Legal in Texas
  • Jun 29 2020Became Legal in Gabon
  • Apr 11 2019Became Lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned in United States
  • Sep 6 2018Became Legal in India
  • 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

Serving openly in military

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

Summary

151
Legal
151 regions (65%)
Legal
10
Somewhere in between
10 regions (4%)
Somewhere in between
26
Illegal
26 regions (11%)
Illegal
45
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
45 regions (19%)
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
1 regions (7%)
Illegal
regions (0%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
regions (0%)
North America
72%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
26 regions (72%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (3%)
Illegal
1 regions (3%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
8 regions (22%)
Africa
59%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
35 regions (59%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (2%)
Illegal
16 regions (27%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
7 regions (12%)
Asia
44%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
20 regions (44%)
Somewhere in between
5 regions (11%)
Illegal
8 regions (17%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
13 regions (28%)

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 151 regions.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Serving openly in military is don't ask, don't tell in 9 regions.

  1. Europe (1)
  2. Belarus
  3. North America (1)
  4. El Salvador
  5. South America (1)
  6. Venezuela

Illegal

Serving openly in military is illegal in 26 regions.

  1. Europe (1)
  2. Turkey
  3. North America (1)
  4. Dominican Republic

Lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned

Serving openly in military is lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned in 1 regions.

  1. Asia (1)
  2. Taiwan 2002

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