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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
    Varies by Region
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
Suggest Public Opinion Data

Public Opinion

Views on same-sex marriage or other legal recognition

Ranked #5 out of 27 countries surveyed. (Source: Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
(7%) Against
Support (82%)

Views on same-sex couples' right to adopt

Ranked #5 out of 27 countries surveyed. (Source: Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
(19%) Disagree
Agree (72%)

Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors

Ranked #7 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?"

(5.3%) Mentioned homosexuals
Did not mention homosexuals (94.4%)

Justifiability of homosexuality

Ranked #10 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."

(14.5%) Not justifiable
Justifiable (61.5%)

Opinion on same-sex couples as parents

Ranked #10 out of 74 countries surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

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

(15.2%) Disagree
Agree (62.2%)

"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%)

"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2013)

Ranked #6 out of 39 countries surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, June, 2013)

Question: "Should society accept homosexuality?"

(18%) No
Yes (76%)

Perceived Acceptance of Gay People

Ranked #4 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?"

(11%) Not a good place
Good place (77%)

By The Numbers

0%
of 500 British Muslims interviewed believed that homosexual acts were morally acceptable
(Gallup, 2009)

History

Homosexual activity in United Kingdom

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Homosexual activity in United Kingdom is legal.

Current status
Since Nov 30, 2000
Legal
The Sexual Offences Act was successfully challenged in the European Court of Human Rights in the case of ADT v. UK in 2000. The court determined the provisions making sexual acts between more than two men illegal would be in violation of privacy laws, and therefore, those portions of the Act became unenforceable. Essentially, this was the last barrier to legalizing same-sex activity within the UK.
Sources:
legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/44
stonewall.org.uk/at_home/ha…
European Court of Human Rights in the case of ADT v. UK
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Jul 27, 1967–Nov 30, 2000
Legal
**LEGAL, WITH RESTRICTIONS**
The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 legalized sexual acts between two men who were 21 or older (Excluding men serving in the military), but it placed new restrictions on sex for men who have sex with men. The act prohibited sex in places where a third party was likely to be present.
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Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
The Labouchere Amendment passed making sex between two men a gross indecency, punishable by imprisonment. Female homosexuality and sexual acts were not addressed in the law, and therefore, they technically would have been legal, though the law often applied the law towards women.
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Same-sex marriage in United Kingdom

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Same-sex marriage in United Kingdom is legal.

Current status
Since Jan 13, 2020
Legal
Marriage equality in Northern Ireland was brought into line with the rest of the UK via the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019.
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Jul 17, 2013–Jun 12, 2020
Varies by Region
Came into force as of March 29th, 2014 . Same-sex marriage is still unrecognized fully in some parts of the UK (such as Northern Ireland).
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Jul 17, 20132014
Legal
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Dec 5, 2005–Jul 16, 2013
Civil unions
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in United Kingdom

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in United Kingdom is no censorship.

Current status
Since Nov 18, 2003
No censorship
Previous law repealed by section 122 of the Local Government Act 2003.
Sources:
www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2003/26/section/122
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Mar 24, 1988–Nov 17, 2003
Other punishment
Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 stated that local authorities could not "intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality" or "promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship". The law did not create a criminal offence, leaving staff to fear losing their jobs if they breached the rules.
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Right to change legal gender in United Kingdom

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

Current status
Since Apr 4, 2005
Legal, surgery not required
Surgery is not required
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in United Kingdom

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

Current status
Not legally recognized
In 2021 the UK government said (in response to a petition) that legal recognition of non-binary gender identity would have "complex practical consequences for other areas of the law, service provision and public life", and said that they felt existing legislation allowing people to change their legal gender went far enough. Courts have, however, ruled that people with non-binary identities are protected from discrimination by the Equality Act.
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LGBT discrimination in United Kingdom

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LGBT discrimination in United Kingdom is illegal.

Current status
Since Oct 1, 2010
Illegal
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LGBT employment discrimination in United Kingdom

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LGBT employment discrimination in United Kingdom is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Sexual orientation and gender identity
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LGBT housing discrimination in United Kingdom

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LGBT housing discrimination in United Kingdom is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since Oct 1, 2010
Sexual orientation and gender identity
For Local Authorities they would be bound by Equality Act 2010 and have a duty under Public Sector Equality Duty. For private landlords would be bound by Equality Act 2010
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Same-sex adoption in United Kingdom

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Same-sex adoption in United Kingdom is legal.

Current status
Since Nov 7, 2002
Legal
IVF treatment is available for lesbian couples too.
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in United Kingdom

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Homosexuals serving openly in military in United Kingdom is legal.

Current status
Since Jan 12, 2000
Legal
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1967–Jan 11, 2000
Illegal
The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 explicitly made serving in the military as an openly gay/bi man illegal. Prior to this act, it was illegal for a man to have sex with another man entirely, and therefore, it was also illegal.
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Until 1967
Illegal
Same-sex sexual activity was illegal for men, and therefore, these individuals were not permitted in the military.
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Blood donations by MSMs in United Kingdom

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Blood donations by MSMs in United Kingdom is varies by region.

Current status
Since Jun 14, 2021
Varies by Region
The 3-month deferral for MSM has been dropped in England, Wales and Scotland. Instead, donors of any gender will be asked about their recent sexual activity, and those who have only had one sexual partner within the last 3-months will be eligible to donate.
Northern Ireland is due to follow suit with these changes in September 2021.
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Legal

  1. England 2021
  2. Isles of Scilly 2021
  3. Scotland 2021
  4. Wales 2021
  5. Gibraltar 2011
  6. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Banned (3-month deferral)

  1. Northern Ireland 2020

Banned (indefinite deferral)

  1. Gibraltar

Jan 2017–Jun 13, 2021
Banned (3-month deferral)
In 2017, the 3-month blood donation rule came into force at blood donation centres in Scotland in November, and in early 2018 in England.
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2011–Nov 2017
Banned (1-year deferral)
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Conversion therapy in United Kingdom

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Conversion therapy in United Kingdom is not banned.

Current status
Since Mar 17, 2017
Not banned
Conversion therapy ban has been discussed for many years. Was included in the Queen's Speech in 2021 but is still under consultation.
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Until Jan 1, 2017
Ambiguous
Apparently a big problem in the UK, but it's rarely discussed. A ban is being discussed by British leaders.
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Equal age of consent in United Kingdom

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Equal age of consent in United Kingdom is equal.

Current status
Since Aug 1, 2001
Equal
On November 30, 2000 a bill was signed to make the ages of consent equitable, regardless of gender. The law came into effect on August 1, 2001. The age of consent for men who have sex with men was reduced from 18 to 16, on par with different sex individuals.
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1994–Jul 31, 2001
Unequal
A bill was signed to reduce the age of consent for men who have sex with men from 21 to 18.
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Unequal
The Sexual Offenses Act made sex between two men legal in 1967*, but it was only legal between consenting men who were 21 or older, whereas the age of consent for different sex couples was 16.

*Sex between more than two men remained illegal until later.
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Until 1967
Ambiguous
Sexual activities between two or more men were illegal prior to 1967, and therefore, the age of consent was irrelevant; it was all illegal.
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LGBT Rights by Country

View the LGBT laws in each individual country of United Kingdom.


    LGBT Rights in British Islands