Serving openly in military

LGBTQ+ people are banned from serving openly in the military in 57 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
  • Feb 26 2021Became Legal in United States
  • 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

Serving openly in military

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

Summary

136
Legal
136 regions (59%)
Legal
12
Somewhere in between
12 regions (5%)
Somewhere in between
45
Illegal
45 regions (19%)
Illegal
39
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
39 regions (17%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
Europe
85%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
44 regions (85%)
Somewhere in between
2 regions (4%)
Illegal
2 regions (4%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
4 regions (8%)
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
75%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
27 regions (75%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (3%)
Illegal
1 regions (3%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
7 regions (19%)
Africa
39%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
23 regions (39%)
Somewhere in between
2 regions (3%)
Illegal
26 regions (44%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
8 regions (14%)
Asia
30%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
14 regions (30%)
Somewhere in between
5 regions (11%)
Illegal
16 regions (35%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
11 regions (24%)

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 136 regions.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Serving openly in military is don't ask, don't tell in 11 regions.

  1. Europe (2)
  2. Armenia 2004
  3. Belarus
  4. North America (1)
  5. El Salvador
  6. South America (1)
  7. Venezuela

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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