1873 in LGBT Rights

In 1873, there were 1 recorded legal change made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 1 change made and 3 in the following year. A total of 36 legal changes were made in the 1870s.

  • (date unknown)
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (other penalty).
    Sodomy ("keikan") was criminalized in 1873 with article 266 of the Meiji Legal Code, however, it was hardly ever punished, with only 20 recorded instances of sodomy during 1876 to 1881.