Timeline of LGBT Rights

Number of LGBT-related laws changed over time

This year, there were 15 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 45 changes made. A total of 152 legal changes have been made so far in the 2020s.

  • July 1
    Censorship of LGBT Issues becomes state-enforced.
    AL HB322 mandates that: An individual or group of individuals providing classroom instruction to students in kindergarten through the fifth grade at a public K-12 school shall not engage in classroom discussion or provide classroom instruction regarding sexual orientation or gender identity in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules for the implementation and enforcement of this section. It was signed by Gov. Kay Ivey on April 7th 2022 and will go into effect on the first day of the third month following said signature.
  • Censorship of LGBT Issues becomes state-enforced.
    Florida HB 1557 bans discussions of sexuality and gender identity in public schools. It also prohibits districts from withholding information from parents unless they believe it may result in abuse/neglect. It also mandates parents to screen any health questionnaires before the school year begins. Districts that violate this policy can be sued for statutory damages and court fees.
  • May 11
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    The amendment, introduced in the context of the bill on the "Personal Doctor", introduces a ban on so-called "treatments or conversion practices", ie methods aimed at changing or suppressing the sexual orientation, the gender identity or expression of an LGBT+ individual. The amendment, however, does not include adults who, as stated in Parliament, can undergo conversion therapy with their consent. There is also no mention of people practicing these therapies other than specialists, leaving a legal loophole for spiritual leaders and priests. The LGBT+ organizations protested and demanded the inclusion of all the above
  • May 10
    Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    In May 10, 2022 the Greek Minister of Health, Thanos Plevris submitted an amendment to the bill for the “personal doctor”, based on article 1 of which institutes the prohibition of practical conversions to vulnerable individuals by professionals. With the term "professionals" the amendment defines those who receive remuneration to proceed with such "treatments", leaving a legal gap in practices e.g. of the Church, such as exorcism or other covert practices, which do not involve remuneration. Also, the term "vulnerable" means minors or those who are under legal assistance. At the same time, the provision prohibits professionals from inviting, promoting or advertising conversion practices performed by themselves or other third parties, professionals or not. Violation of the law in addition to the prescribed disciplinary and administrative sanctions, will be punished with imprisonment and a fine, while the repeated commission of the above act constitutes an aggravating circumstance.
  • April 28
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    After having a 3 month deferral for gay people to donate blood was deemed unfair, it is now completely legal for gays to donate blood with no deferral as long as they tested negative for HIV. (Which everyone has to do before donating blood, regardless of sexuality.)
  • March 16
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    In 2022, France removed the deferral period for gay and bi men donating blood, replacing it with a new policy that applies to all donors, regardless of sexual orientation.
  • February 15
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    With 112 affirmative votes and 8 opposition votes, the parliament of New Zealand has passed a law banning conversion therapy on February 15, 2022.
  • January 27
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Banned under bill 483
  • January 25
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    The National Assembly approved the new law unanimously, voting 142-0 on Tuesday evening.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    As part of France
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    As part of France
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    In all of France
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    In all of France
  • January 10
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    In January 10, 2022 the Greek Minister of Health, Thanos Plevris, and the Deputy Minister of Health, Mina Gaga signed the determination of the content of the "Blood Donor History". In the new form, sexual orientation is disconnected from the criteria that must be met by prospective blood donors.
  • January 7
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Conversion therapy in Canada is banned nationwide under bill C-4(44-1) which recieved Royal Assent on December 8th 2021 and went into effect 30 days after on January 7th 2020. Two previous legislative attempts failed.