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LGBT Rights in England Country

    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✔ Legal
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Legal, but requires medical diagnosis
    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
    ✔ Legal
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal

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History

Homosexual activity in England

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Homosexual activity in England is legal.

Current status
Since Nov 30, 2000
Legal
Legal since 2000
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Jul 27, 1967–Nov 29, 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)
Section 11 of The Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 built on previous legislation. It was famously used against Oscar Wilde and Alan Turing.
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1533–1885
Illegal (death penalty as punishment)
The Buggery Act 1553 legistated against sodomy and while it did not explicitly target any perticular gender it was mainly used to convict men who had sex with men.
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Same-sex marriage in England

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Same-sex marriage in England is legal.

Current status
Since Jul 17, 2013
Legal
In 2013, Parliament passed the Marriage Act that introduced same sex marriage for couples in England.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in England

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in England is no censorship.

Current status
Since Nov 18, 2003
No censorship
In England, there are no laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.
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May 24, 1988–Nov 17, 2003
Other punishment
Section 28 was put in place during Margaret Thatcher’s government and prohibited the “promotion of homosexuality” by local authorities. This harmed LGBT+ support groups and prevented schools from discussing LGBT+ matters, impacts which have been felt for years after the law was repealed.
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Right to change legal gender in England

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Right to change legal gender in England is legal, but requires medical diagnosis.

Current status
Since Apr 4, 2005
Legal, but requires medical diagnosis
Gender Recognition Act 2004
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in England

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

Current status
Since Feb 10, 2004
Not legally recognized
No official ‘x’ marking option on official documents, applications etc. for non binary individuals.
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LGBT discrimination in England

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LGBT discrimination in England is illegal.

Current status
Since Oct 1, 2010
Illegal
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Until Oct 1, 2010
Illegal in some contexts
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LGBT employment discrimination in England

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

Current status
Since Oct 1, 2010
Sexual orientation and gender identity
It is illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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LGBT housing discrimination in England

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

Current status
Since Oct 1, 2010
Sexual orientation and gender identity
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Until Oct 1, 2010
Sexual orientation only
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Same-sex adoption in England

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Same-sex adoption in England is legal.

Current status
Since Dec 30, 2005
Legal
Adoption discrimination is illegal in England. IVF treatment is available for lesbian couples too.
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Serving openly in military in England

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Serving openly in military in England is legal.

Current status
Since Jan 12, 2000
Legal
Military service is allowed regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
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Blood donations by MSMs in England

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Blood donations by MSMs in England is legal.

Current status
Since Jun 14, 2021
Legal
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.
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Nov 1, 2017–Jun 13, 2021
Banned (3-month deferral)
3 month deferral. Legalization pending.
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Nov 7, 2011–Nov 1, 2017
Banned (1-year deferral)
Although you can't have sex for a year.
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Conversion therapy in England

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Conversion therapy in England is not banned.

Current status
Since Nov 7, 2023
Not banned
Conversion therapy is not banned in England
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Mar 17, 2022–Nov 6, 2023
Ambiguous
Banned for sexual orientation only, not gender identity.
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Until Mar 17, 2022
Not banned
Not yet banned in the UK.
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Equal age of consent in England

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Equal age of consent in England is equal.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2001
Equal
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