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    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✔ Legal
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, surgery not required
    Non-binary gender recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✔ Illegal
    Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Housing Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Adoption
    ✔ Legal
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (3-month deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    ✔ Banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
Suggest Public Opinion Data

Public Opinion

Views on same-sex marriage or other legal recognition

Ranked #11 out of 27 countries surveyed. (Source: Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
(7%) Against
Support (74%)

Views on same-sex couples' right to adopt

Ranked #17 out of 27 countries surveyed. (Source: Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
(29%) Disagree
Agree (62%)

Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors

Ranked #11 out of 79 countries surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "On this list are various groups of people. Could you please mention any that you would not like to have as neighbors?"

(7.9%) Mentioned homosexuals
Did not mention homosexuals (91.5%)

Justifiability of homosexuality

Ranked #17 out of 79 countries surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "Please tell me for each of the following statements whether you think it can always be justified, never be justified, or something in between."

(18%) Not justifiable
Justifiable (51.4%)

Opinion on same-sex couples as parents

Ranked #9 out of 74 countries surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "Homosexual couples are as good parents as other couples"

(15.4%) Disagree
Agree (62.7%)

"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2019)

Ranked #4 out of 34 countries surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, May–October, 2019)

Question: "Should society accept homosexuality?"

(11%) No
Yes (86%)

Perceived prevalence of discrimination against transgender people (European Union)

Ranked #26 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"

(57%) Widespread
Rare (26%)

Acceptance of same-sex relationships (European Union)

Ranked #7 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"

(11%) Disagree
Agree (85%)

Perceived prevalence of discrimination against sexual orientation (European Union)

Ranked #28 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)"

(73%) Widespread
Rare (21%)

Support for transgender people changing legal gender (European Union)

Ranked #5 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?"

(19%) No
Yes (72%)

By The Numbers

63%
of French support gay marriage
(Ifop, 2013)
35%
of French Muslims find homosexual acts to be acceptable
(Gallup, 2009)

History

Homosexual activity in France

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Homosexual activity in France is legal.

Current status
Since Sep 25, 1791
Legal
The law of 1791 decriminalized homosexual activity, however, it does not recognize homosexuality itself.
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Same-sex marriage in France

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Same-sex marriage in France is legal.

Current status
Since May 17, 2013
Legal
Sources:
legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do;jsessionid=?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000027414540&dateTexte=&oldAction=rechJO&categorieLien=id
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in France

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in France is no censorship.

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

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

Current status
Legal, surgery not required
Individuals can legally change their gender in France. Sex reassignment surgery is state-funded.

According to media reports, in 2010, France became the first country to remove "transsexualism" from their official list of mental illnesses.
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Jan 1, 1992–Sep 1, 2018
Legal, surgery not required
No surgery required since 2018. Missing non binary options on documents.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in France

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in France is not legally recognized.

Current status
Since Mar 2016
Not legally recognized
The Orleans appeals court overturned the previous decision of the lower court.
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Aug 20, 2015–Mar 2016
Intersex only
A court in Tours ruled in favour of an intersex plaintiff who sought to have a third gender option recognised on official identification documents.
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LGBT discrimination in France

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LGBT discrimination in France is illegal.

Current status
Since Dec 30, 2004
Illegal
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LGBT employment discrimination in France

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

Current status
Since Jul 31, 2012
Sexual orientation and gender identity
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Nov 27, 2000–Jul 31, 2012
Sexual orientation only
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LGBT housing discrimination in France

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

Current status
Since Jul 6, 1989
Sexual orientation and gender identity
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Same-sex adoption in France

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Same-sex adoption in France is legal.

Current status
Since Apr 17, 2013
Legal
Sources:
legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do;jsessionid=?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000027414540&dateTexte=&oldAction=rechJO&categorieLien=id
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in France

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Homosexuals serving openly in military in France is legal.

Current status
Legal
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Blood donations by MSMs in France

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Blood donations by MSMs in France is banned (3-month deferral).

Current status
Since Apr 2, 2020
Banned (3-month deferral)
In July 2019, Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn announced that the deferral period would be reduced to four months of abstinence from 2 April 2020.
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Jun 29, 2021–Jun 30, 2021
Legal
"fin des descriminations au don du sang pour les hommes ayant des relations sexuelles avec des hommes."
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Nov 4, 2015–Sep 6, 2018
Banned (1-year deferral)
According to CNN. 1 year deferral since 2016. Legalization pending.
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Jan 12, 2009–Nov 4, 2015
Banned (indefinite deferral)
Indefinite deferral
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Conversion therapy in France

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Conversion therapy in France is banned.

Current status
Since Oct 5, 2021
Banned
Criminalized as of October 5, 2021.
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Equal age of consent in France

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Equal age of consent in France is equal.

Current status
Since Aug 4, 1982
Equal
The age of consent in France is 15 for both male-male, female-female, and male-female sex.
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LGBT Rights by Territory

View the LGBT laws in each individual territory of France.