1948 in LGBT Rights

In 1948, there were 12 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 13 changes made and 27 in the following year. A total of 72 legal changes were made in the 1940s.

  • September 14
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    The North Korean Constitution states that all citizens are equal but it is unclear if this equality is extended to LGBT citizens.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    The North Korean Constitution states that all citizens are equal but it is unclear if this equality is extended to LGBT citizens.
  • Serving openly in military becomes ambiguous.
    North Koreans serving in the military are required to maintain 10 (ten) years of celibacy . Homosexual behavior in the military has been described as situational behavior rather than a genuine behavior. Therefore, with no other appropriate label, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is assumed to be the most accurate status.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    The North Korean Constitution states that all citizens are equal but it is unclear if this equality is extended to LGBT citizens, however this is not backed by any legal resources or human accounts.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes ambiguous.
    North Korean depictions of love and marriage remain heterosexist however, the North Korean government has liberalized its views on marriage and love as private matters between consenting adults.
  • Homosexual activity becomes ambiguous.
    Contrary to popular belief, homosexuality is not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. (Date shown is date of North Korean statehood), there are however claims that it is de-facto illegal, but this has no official backing.
  • August 15
    Same-sex adoption becomes married couples only.
    Legalization pending.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Full discrimination protections.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    Date shown is the founding of the Republic of Korea (South Korea). There are no LGBT anti-discrimination protections in South Korea.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes illegal.
    No information about when adoption regulations went into effect. Date shown is when the Republic of Korea (South Korea) was founded.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
  • May 14
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    The age of consent in Israel is 16 for male-male, female-female, and male-female sex.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 1948

  • LGBT Danmark FaviconLGBT Danmark
    LGBT Danmark is a national association for LGBT people focused on the areas of gender identity and sexual orientation. The organization's efforts are focused on political work…