1930s in LGBT Rights

Number of LGBT-related laws changed over time
  • September 1
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (death penalty as punishment).
    LGBT people were persecuted by Nazi forces during the German occupation of the Second World War.
  • July
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Under the Danish Government in 1930 there was a law that allowed homosexual Activity to be legal.
  • (date unknown)
    Homosexual activity becomes ambiguous.
    The shaping of Cuban law is one of U.S and Spanish influence. Products of it's time as a colony and subsequent military intervention, the Civil Defense Code in 1936 ommitted previous provisions that criminalized homosexuality remanants from Cuba's colonized ruins. This did not mean LGBT Cubans did not face persecution though. Despite no laws that expressely criminalized private same-sex sexual relations, LGBT Cubans were still targeted, leaving the status of same-sex relations in a state of limbo until it's re-clarification in 1979.
  • September 1
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (death penalty as punishment).
    Section 175 of the Criminal Code was amended during Nazi rule to create harsher penalties for homosexual behavior between men. Imprisonment was to range from three months to ten years in prison. Many homosexual men died in the Nazi concentration camps they were sent to.
  • January 1
    Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    In 1935, article 121, which prohibited male sodomy, entered the criminal code of the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic. in the Tajik SSR, the term “sodomy” was replaced by “bachebazstvo”
  • March 7
    Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    An article under which sodomy was punishable by imprisonment from 5 to 8 years appeared in the Soviet Criminal Code on March 7, 1934. During the Soviet Union, Belarus used laws common to all Soviet republics. According to Article 119-1 of the Soviet Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, it was established that homosexual men who have voluntary sexual contact should be sentenced to imprisonment for up to five years
  • Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    An article under which sodomy was punishable by imprisonment from 5 to 8 years appeared in the Soviet Criminal Code on March 7, 1934 - number 154-a: “Sexual intercourse between a man and a man (sodomy) - imprisonment for a term of three to five years. Sodomy committed with the use of violence or taking advantage of the dependent position of the victim - imprisonment for a term of five to eight years."
  • Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    An article under which sodomy was punishable by imprisonment from 5 to 8 years appeared in the Soviet Criminal Code on March 7, 1934 - number 154-a: “Sexual intercourse between a man and a man (sodomy) - imprisonment for a term of three to five years. Sodomy committed with the use of violence or taking advantage of the dependent position of the victim - imprisonment for a term of five to eight years."
  • Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    An article under which sodomy was punishable by imprisonment from 5 to 8 years appeared in the Soviet Criminal Code on March 7, 1934 - number 154-a: “Sexual intercourse between a man and a man (sodomy) - imprisonment for a term of three to five years. Sodomy committed with the use of violence or taking advantage of the dependent position of the victim - imprisonment for a term of five to eight years."
  • Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    In 1933, the Soviet government under Stalin recriminalised sex between men. On 7 March 1934, Article 121 was added to the criminal code for the entire Soviet Union that expressly prohibited only male homosexuality, with up to five years of hard labour in prison. There were no criminal statutes regarding sex between women
  • December 4
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    The age of consent in Uruguay is 15 years old regardless of the type of intercourse.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Homosexual activity is legal according to the Uruguay Penal Code.
  • May 6
    Gender-affirming care becomes banned.
    With the rise of the Nazi regime, transgender healthcare is banned, and the Berlin Institute for Sexual Science is closed; the Nazi regime implements laws §§ 175 183, targeting LGBTQ+ individuals,
  • January 1
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    The Faroe Islands ended criminalisation of homosexuality in 1933.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Homosexuality is legal in Denmark.
  • September 23
    Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes not legally recognized.
    Third gender is not available as crossdressing is illegal.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No protections
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No protections
  • Equal age of consent becomes n/a.
    Homosexuality and extramarital sexual relations are illegal in Saudi Arabia.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes illegal.
    Not legal
  • Same-sex marriage becomes banned.
    Because Homosexuality is unfortunately illegal in Saudi Arabia, same sex marriage is automatically illegal because of this.
  • July 11
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Homosexuality is legal.
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
  • November 1
    Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    7-14 years to life in prison under unnatural/indecent acts. Not enforced.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Unknown.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    As homosexuality is illegal, there are no protections for this population.
  • January 1
    Equal age of consent becomes ambiguous.
    Age of consent generally in Michigan is 16 to 17 years old, Law does not specifically LGBTQ people in the law. However it is equal for everyone, in the state of Michigan
  • (date unknown)
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
  • August 1
    Serving openly in military becomes don't ask, don't tell.
    No laws restricting or criminalizing lgbt serving.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    As homosexuality is currently illegal, discrimination against LGBT persons are legal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Article 162, 163 and 165 prohibits homosexuality and offender is punishable by up to 21 years in prison with hard labor and fines
  • April 1
    Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female uncertain.
    8-14 years in prison. Not enforced since 2012.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Up to fourteen years imprisonment, with or without corporal punishment (public whippings) Decriminalization pending.
  • January 3
    Right to change legal gender becomes illegal.
    It is illegal to change the sex.
  • January 1
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    The Criminal Code for the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Kingdom of Yugoslavia as of October 3, 1929) adopted on January 27, 1929 criminalized "unnatural fornication" without specifying the definition of the mentioned term. Paragraph 285: for unnatural fornication between persons, the perpetrator shall be punished with strict imprisonment, unless the act turns into a more serious crime.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    The Criminal Code for the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Kingdom of Yugoslavia as of October 3, 1929) adopted on January 27, 1929 criminalized "unnatural fornication" without specifying the definition of the mentioned term. Paragraph 285: for unnatural fornication between persons, the perpetrator shall be punished with strict imprisonment, unless the act turns into a more serious crime.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    The Criminal Code for the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Kingdom of Yugoslavia as of October 3, 1929) adopted on January 27, 1929 criminalized "unnatural fornication" without specifying the definition of the mentioned term. Paragraph 285: for unnatural fornication between persons, the perpetrator shall be punished with strict imprisonment, unless the act turns into a more serious crime.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    The Criminal Code for the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Kingdom of Yugoslavia as of October 3, 1929) adopted on January 27, 1929 criminalized "unnatural fornication" without specifying the definition of the mentioned term. Paragraph 285: for unnatural fornication between persons, the perpetrator shall be punished with strict imprisonment, unless the act turns into a more serious crime.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    The Criminal Code for the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Kingdom of Yugoslavia as of October 3, 1929) adopted on January 27, 1929 criminalized "unnatural fornication" without specifying the definition of the mentioned term. Paragraph 285: for unnatural fornication between persons, the perpetrator shall be punished with strict imprisonment, unless the act turns into a more serious crime.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    The Criminal Code for the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Kingdom of Yugoslavia as of October 3, 1929) adopted on January 27, 1929 criminalized "unnatural fornication" without specifying the definition of the mentioned term. Paragraph 285: for unnatural fornication between persons, the perpetrator shall be punished with strict imprisonment, unless the act turns into a more serious crime.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    The Criminal Code for the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Kingdom of Yugoslavia as of October 3, 1929) adopted on January 27, 1929 criminalized "unnatural fornication" without specifying the definition of the mentioned term. Paragraph 285: for unnatural fornication between persons, the perpetrator shall be punished with strict imprisonment, unless the act turns into a more serious crime.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Section 154 of the Penal Code of Tanzania (1930) punished “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” with imprisonment for up to 14 years. Section 155 made attempting to commit such acts punishable by 7 years in prison.