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    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✔ Legal
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, surgery not required
    Non-binary gender recognition
    Unknown
    Discrimination
    ✔ Illegal
    Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Housing Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Adoption
    ✔ Legal
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    Ambiguous
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
Suggest Public Opinion Data

Public Opinion

Views on same-sex marriage or other legal recognition

Ranked #4 out of 27 countries surveyed. (Source: Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
(7%) Against
Support (84%)

Views on same-sex couples' right to adopt

Ranked #7 out of 27 countries surveyed. (Source: Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
(21%) Disagree
Agree (72%)

Perceived prevalence of discrimination against sexual orientation (European Union)

Ranked #21 out of 28 countries surveyed. (Source: Eurobarometer, May 2019)

Question: "For each of the following types of discrimination, could you please tell me whether, in your opinion, it is very widespread, fairly widespread, fairly rare or very rare in (OUR COUNTRY)? Discrimination on the basis of: Sexual orientation (being gay, lesbian, bisexual)"

(57%) Widespread
Rare (42%)

Perceived prevalence of discrimination against transgender people (European Union)

Ranked #16 out of 28 countries surveyed. (Source: Eurobarometer, May 2019)

Question: "For each of the following types of discrimination, could you please tell me whether, in your opinion, it is very widespread, fairly widespread, fairly rare or very rare in (OUR COUNTRY)? Discrimination on the basis of: Being transgender"

(49%) Widespread
Rare (46%)

Acceptance of same-sex relationships (European Union)

Ranked #10 out of 28 countries surveyed. (Source: Eurobarometer, May 2019)

Question: "To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?: There is nothing wrong in a sexual relationship between two persons of the same sex"

(17%) Disagree
Agree (82%)

Support for transgender people changing legal gender (European Union)

Ranked #13 out of 28 countries surveyed. (Source: Eurobarometer, May 2019)

Question: "Do you think that transgender persons should be able to change their civil documents to match their inner gender identity?"

(29%) No
Yes (70%)

Perceived Acceptance of Gay People

Ranked #6 out of 119 countries surveyed. (Source: Gallup, 2013)

Question: "Is the city or area where you live a good place or not a good place for homosexuals?"

(12%) Not a good place
Good place (74%)

History

Homosexual activity in Belgium

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Homosexual activity in Belgium is legal.

Current status
Since Sep 3, 1944
Legal
Belgium was liberated in September of 1944. Belgian civil law reverted back to pre-war laws.
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May 28, 1940–Sep 3, 1944
Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
Belgium was under German occupation during World War II and thus Paragraph 175 was in effect.
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1795–May 28, 1940
Legal
Legalized under French rule and the Napoleonic Code.
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Same-sex marriage in Belgium

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Same-sex marriage in Belgium is legal.

Current status
Since Jun 1, 2003
Legal
Civil marriages for same sex couples were enabled by Article 143 of the Belgian Civil Code (Book I, Title V, Chapter I).

Statutory Cohabitation remains available for those who do not wish to enter into a civil marriage.
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Jan 1, 2000–Jun 1, 2003
Other type of partnership
Statutory Cohabitation grants specific rights to cohabiting persons. Although not specifically intended for LGBT couples it was open for same sex couples.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Belgium

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Belgium is no censorship.

Current status
No censorship
In Belgium, there are no laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.
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Right to change legal gender in Belgium

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Right to change legal gender in Belgium is legal, surgery not required.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2018
Legal, surgery not required
Surgery no longer necessary to change legal gender.
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2007–Jan 1, 2018
Legal, but requires surgery
Belgian transexuals are required to undergo gender reassignment surgery in order to change their gender on state documents.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Belgium

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Belgium is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

LGBT discrimination in Belgium

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LGBT discrimination in Belgium is illegal.

Current status
Since 2003
Illegal
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LGBT employment discrimination in Belgium

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LGBT employment discrimination in Belgium is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since 2003
Sexual orientation and gender identity
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LGBT housing discrimination in Belgium

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LGBT housing discrimination in Belgium is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2003
Sexual orientation and gender identity
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Same-sex adoption in Belgium

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Same-sex adoption in Belgium is legal.

Current status
Since Apr 21, 2006
Legal
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Belgium

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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Belgium is legal.

Current status
Legal
Unsure of date. Gay and lesbian soldiers are not guaranteed promotions through the military for fear of possible blackmail.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Belgium

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Blood donations by MSMs in Belgium is banned (1-year deferral).

Current status
Since Apr 28, 2017
Banned (1-year deferral)
Blanket ban replaced by a 1 year deferral period.
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1977–Apr 27, 2017
Banned (indefinite deferral)
MSMs were not eligible to donate blood.
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Conversion therapy in Belgium

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Conversion therapy in Belgium is ambiguous.

Current status
Since Sep 5, 2017
Ambiguous
No banned. Conversion therapy ban pending.
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Equal age of consent in Belgium

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Equal age of consent in Belgium is equal.

Current status
Since 1985
Equal
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