1820s in LGBT Rights

Number of LGBT-related laws changed over time
  • January 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes married couples only.
    Under British colonization.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes married couples only.
    Under colonization of Malaysia.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes married couples only.
    According to ILGA.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    2-14 years in prison. Not enforced.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Under sex discrimination and gender discrimination in employment only.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    Proposed full housing discrimination protections by Malaysian Human rights watch.
  • (date unknown)
    LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    As homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia, there are no protections for LGBTQ+ community
  • Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    Date reflects beginning of British colonization of Malaysia. Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Homosexual activity in Malaysia is illegal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Unsure of date. Date shown reflects the British colonial territory of the Straits Settlements. Malaysia's anti-sodomy laws are relics of the colonial era and rarely enforced. Under the federal law Male Homosexuality is Illegal in Malaysia ,punishable by 2-20 years in prison , however the status of female homosexuality is unclear under the federal law. However , Muslim citizens of Malaysia can be sentenced to fines , caning and imprisonment for conducting same sexual relations under some states which imposes sharia Law. The maximum sentence that sharia courts can impose for these acts is up to three years prison , fines of up to RM 5,000 (1,204 USD) and caning of up to six strokes or all three.
  • (date unknown)
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    The 1822 Criminal Code of the Dominican Republic did not criminalise same sex activity between consenting adults in private. The Criminal Code was updated in 2007 but did not change this.