1858 in LGBT Rights

In 1858, there were 4 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were changes made and in the following year. A total of 5 legal changes were made in the 1850s.

  • August 9
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    The age of consent of 18 years is equal for everyone.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    The Ottoman Empire, the predecessor of Turkey, decriminalized sodomy in 1858.
  • (date unknown)
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Homosexuality was legal from 1858 to 1929, in 1929 however, it was criminalized. It took until 2008 (when the kosovo constitution was written) to have it decriminalized.
  • January 1
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    In Turkey, there are currently no laws in place to prevent discrimination against LGBT individuals in the areas of work, education, housing, health care, and public accommodations.