1948 in LGBT Rights

In 1948, there were 9 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 8 changes made and 27 in the following year. A total of 64 legal changes were made in the 1940s.

  • September 14
    Serving openly in military becomes don't ask, don't tell.
    Some secondary sources claim it is a "Don't Ask Don't Tell" situation. But, based on a North Korean propaganda film from the year 2000, male homosexuality may be against the law in the military, including for prisoners of war. Information is extremely limited, because North Korea heavily censors LGBT content.
  • Censorship of LGBT Issues becomes state-enforced.
    Censorship topics are all controlled by the government
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    Because sexual orientation as a concept does not appear in North Korea law, there is no legal prohibition of discrimination by state and nonstate actors based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    Because sexual orientation as a concept does not appear in North Korea law, there is no legal prohibition of discrimination by state and nonstate actors based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    Because sexual orientation as a concept does not appear in North Korea law, there is no legal prohibition of discrimination by state and nonstate actors based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics.
  • Homosexual activity becomes n/a.
    Contrary to popular belief, homosexuality is technically 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. There are, however, claims that it is de facto illegal, but this has no official backing. (Date shown is the date of North Korean statehood.) While punishment is rare, it has been reported by The Korean Times that North Korea has executed a lesbian couple for being influenced by capitalism and bringing corruption of public morals. However, even though de jure homosexuality is not prohibited, de facto there were some cases of punishment for LGBT people
  • August 15
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    There are some LGBT anti-discrimination protections in local jurisdictions, but national law doesn't protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    There has been proposals to legalize gay marriage, but none have passed as of May 2022.
  • 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.