• Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
  • Marriage
    ✔ Legal
  • Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, surgery not required
  • Adoption
    ✔ Legal
  • Discrimination
    ✔ Illegal
  • Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Housing Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Military
    ✔ Legal
  • Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
  • Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
  • Conversion Therapy
    ✔ Banned

History

Homosexual activity in Netherlands

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Current status
(since May 5, 1945)
Legal
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May 15, 1940–May 5, 1945
Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
During the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II homosexuality was criminalized by Paragraph 175.
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1815–May 15, 1940
Legal
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Legal
1811 French invasion invalidated anti-sodomy statutes. In 1815 the Netherlands declared its independence and did not reintroduce anti-sodomy laws.
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1730–1811
Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
Uncertain about punishments for homosexuality in the Dutch Republic.
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Same-sex marriage in Netherlands

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Current status
(since Apr 1, 2001)
Legal
The Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage. The Lower Chamber voted 109 in favor on the same-sex marriage, with 33 against on September 12, 2000. On December 19, the Higher Chamber votes 'yes' on the bill. Queen Beatrix ratified the law on December 21st and it went into effect on April 1, 2001.
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1990–Sep 12, 2000
Civil unions
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Right to change legal gender in Netherlands

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Current status
(since Dec 18, 2013)
Legal, surgery not required
In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of not requiring surgery to change one's gender on official documents.
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1985–Dec 18, 2013
Legal, but requires surgery
Dutch Civil Law provides that in order for a citizen to change their legal gender they must first undergo gender re-assignment surgery.
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Same-sex adoption in Netherlands

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Current status
(since Sep 12, 2000)
Legal
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LGBT discrimination in Netherlands

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Current status
(since 1993)
Illegal
Equal Rights Act of 1993 banned discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Hate crimes in the Netherlands have been rising in recent years.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Netherlands

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Current status
(since Jan 1, 1993)
Sexual orientation and gender identity
No
Sources:
No
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LGBT housing discrimination in Netherlands

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Current status
(since Jan 1, 1993)
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Full discrimination protection.
Sources:
No
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Netherlands

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Current status
(since 1974)
Legal
The Netherlands became the first country to allow gay soldiers to serve in the military openly.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Netherlands

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Current status
(since Oct 28, 2015)
Banned (1-year deferral)
12-month deferral for males who have sex with male
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1977–Oct 28, 2015
Banned (indefinite deferral)
Date is when the United States banned gay male blood donors.
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Equal age of consent in Netherlands

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Current status
(since 1978)
Equal
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Unequal
Age of consent for homosexual relationships was 21 while for heterosexual relationships the age of consent was 16.
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Conversion therapy in Netherlands

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Current status
(since Feb 14, 2014)
Banned
No
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LGBT Rights by Province

View the LGBT laws in each individual province of Netherlands.



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