Homosexuals serving openly in military

LGBTQ+ people are banned from serving openly in the military in 26 countries.

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

Recent Changes

  • Jan 25 2021Became Legal in United States
  • 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
  • Oct 15 2017Became Legal in Manipur

Homosexuals serving openly in military

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

Summary

155
Legal
155 regions (67%)
Legal
4
Somewhere in between
4 regions (2%)
Somewhere in between
22
Illegal
22 regions (10%)
Illegal
49
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
49 regions (21%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
Europe
84%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
42 regions (84%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (2%)
Illegal
1 regions (2%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
6 regions (12%)
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
86%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
12 regions (86%)
Somewhere in between
regions (0%)
Illegal
1 regions (7%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (7%)
North America
75%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
27 regions (75%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (3%)
Illegal
regions (0%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
8 regions (22%)
Africa
66%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
39 regions (66%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (2%)
Illegal
12 regions (20%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
7 regions (12%)
Asia
44%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
20 regions (44%)
Somewhere in between
regions (0%)
Illegal
8 regions (17%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
18 regions (39%)

Progress over time

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

Recent changes

Homosexuals serving openly in military by country

(and dependent territories)

Legal

Homosexuals serving openly in military is legal in 155 regions.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Homosexuals 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

Homosexuals serving openly in military is illegal in 22 regions.

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

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