1950s in LGBT Rights

Number of LGBT-related laws changed over time
  • January 1
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Article 193 of Kuwait’s Penal Code explicitly prohibits male homosexual sex for up to seven years in prison. For lesbians, there is no specific law criminalizing it, however it is still technically illegal. This is because in Kuwait you are not able to consent to sex until you’re married. So, since gay marriage is not legal in Kuwait and you can’t give consent until your married, lesbian sex is illegal.
  • Equal age of consent becomes n/a.
    In Kuwait, you can only give consent to sex after marriage. Gay marriage in Kuwait is not legal either, so there is no age of consent for homosexual sex.
  • November 28
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    No protections
  • October 7
    Same-sex marriage becomes banned.
    Technically, there are no law that prohibits cohabitation or marriage of a same-sex couple. However, if they are convicted of sodomy, the party face penalties according to the penal law.
  • February 18
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    There are no restrictions about gay sex, a healthy person is free to donate.
  • July 25
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    No laws in place for same sex couples.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    decriminalization pending for homosexuality. Discrimination protections might be included.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    there is no laws banned gay people to donate blood
  • Right to change legal gender becomes illegal.
    Changing gender is illegal in Tunisia.
  • Serving openly in military becomes ambiguous.
    there is no laws against LGBT people to serve Military
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
  • July 23
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    Homosexuality is currently illegal.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    As homosexuality is illegal, no legal protection exists for either gender identity or sexual orientations
  • Equal age of consent becomes n/a.
    Homosexual activity is outlawed in Eritrea.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
    All Homosexual Activity is outlawed.
  • Serving openly in military becomes illegal.
    All Homosexual Activity is outlawed.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes banned.
    All Homosexual Activity is outlawed.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Simple Imprisonment: 10 days to 3 years.
  • April 12
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    The prescribed penalty was a fine of up to R4000 or imprisonment for up to two years, or both.
  • January 1
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    Homosexuality is illegal there.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    Homosexuality is illegal there.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Private, adult, consensual, and non-commercial sodomy was decriminalized in Thailand in 1956. However, same-sex attraction and transgender identities were still seen as socially unacceptable in many cases: those whose gender expression or behavior falls out of social norms are less likely to be tolerated or accepted. Through the Penal Code Amendment Act of 1997 (Thai: พระราชบัญญัติแก้ไขเพิ่มเติมประมวลกฎหมายอาญา-(ฉบับที่-14)-พ.ศ.-2540), the age of consent was set at fifteen years regardless of gender or sexual orientation. In 2002, the Ministry of Health announced that homosexuality would no longer be regarded as a mental illness or disorder. In 2007, the Thai Government expanded the definition of a sexual assault and rape victim to include both women and men. The government also prohibited marital rape, with the law stipulating that women or men can be victims.
  • February
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    As of 1955, homosexual activity in the Keeling Isles is legal.
  • July 15
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    The Vagrants and Common Delinquents Law (Ley de Vagos y Maleantes) was modified under the regime of Francisco Franco to prohibit homosexual acts, with a penalty of imprisonment. In 1970 the Law on Danger and Social Rehabilitation (Ley Sobre Peligrosidad y Rehabilitación Social) was introduced that further enforced the prohibition and specified a prison term of up to 5 years.
  • (date unknown)
    Serving openly in military becomes illegal.
    Between 1954 and 2005 homosexuality was considered a mental disorder and gay men were prohibited from serving.
  • November 18
    Serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No laws criminalizing lgbt serving.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Homosexuality is currently illegal.
  • Serving openly in military becomes illegal.
    As homosexuality is illegal in Libya, so is serving openly in the army.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes banned.
    Homosexuality is not legal in Libya.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Article 410 of the penal code states that Indecent same sex intercourse is punishable from 1 to 4 years.
  • October 22
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    They have no protections in laos.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No information on this.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    The constitution does not explicitly cover sexual orientations and gender identities in protection against discrimination
  • January 1
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No protections in the Constitution for LGBT People.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    No protection exist within the constitution for sexual orientation and gender identity
  • October 7
    Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes not legally recognized.
    Not possible.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    Homosexuality is illegal there.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    Widespread discrimination all of Libya. According to the 2018 world report.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
  • July 1
    Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    The Criminal Code of the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia adopted on February 27, 1951 criminalized consensual sexual intercourse between men throughout its territory, including Serbia and its two provinces Vojvodina and Kosovo & Metohija. Article 186: for unnatural fornication between persons of the male sex, the perpetrator shall be punished with imprisonment for up to two years. The 1959 amendment reduced the prison sentence to up to one year.
  • Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    The Criminal Code of the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia adopted on February 27, 1951 criminalized consensual sexual intercourse between men throughout its territory, including North Macedonia. Article 186: for unnatural fornication between persons of the male sex, the perpetrator shall be punished with imprisonment for up to two years. The 1959 amendment reduced the prison sentence by one year.
  • Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    The Criminal Code of the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia adopted on February 27, 1951 criminalized consensual sexual intercourse between men throughout its territory, including Bosnia and Herzegovina. Article 186: for unnatural fornication between persons of the male sex, the perpetrator shall be punished with imprisonment for up to two years. The 1959 amendment reduced the prison sentence by one year.
  • Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    The Criminal Code of the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia adopted on February 27, 1951 criminalized consensual sexual intercourse between men throughout its territory, including Montenegro. Article 186: for unnatural fornication between persons of the male sex, the perpetrator shall be punished with imprisonment for up to two years. The 1959 amendment reduced the prison sentence by one year.
  • Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    The Criminal Code of the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia adopted on February 27, 1951 criminalized consensual sexual intercourse between men throughout its territory, including Slovenia. Article 186: for unnatural fornication between persons of the male sex, the perpetrator shall be punished with imprisonment for up to two years. The 1959 amendment reduced the prison sentence by one year.
  • Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    The Criminal Code of the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia adopted on February 27, 1951 criminalized consensual sexual intercourse between men throughout its territory, including Serbia. Article 186: for unnatural fornication between persons of the male sex, the perpetrator shall be punished with imprisonment for up to two years. The 1959 amendment reduced the prison sentence by one year.
  • Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    The Criminal Code of the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia adopted on February 27, 1951 criminalized consensual sexual intercourse between men throughout its territory including Croatia. Article 186: for unnatural fornication between persons of the male sex, the perpetrator shall be punished with imprisonment for up to two years. The 1959 amendment reduced the prison sentence by one year.
  • March 13
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Up to 3 years imprisonment
  • (date unknown)
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Legal in the West Bank since 1951.
  • January 1
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    None exist. As well Homosexuality is currently illegal.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    Unknown.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    None exist.
  • (date unknown)
    Equal age of consent becomes n/a.
    Homosexual activity is illegal in Brunei.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes illegal.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes banned.
    Homosexuality is illegal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    The Penal Code of Brunei (revised edition 2001), Chapter 22, Page 152 states: "Unnatural offences. 377. Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman, or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years, and shall also be liable to fine. [S 12/97]"
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Homosexual activity has been legal in Jordan since 1951, however, the Penal Code includes vague provisions around "morality" and "indecent acts" that could be used to target LGBTQ+ people. In 2014, for example, Jordan authorities arrested 10 gay men and women who were holding a reception at a party hall. A security official said it was to "prevent a disturbance of the peace" but did not elaborate. Public opinion data shows that homosexuality is widely seen as unacceptable.
  • Homosexual activity becomes varies by region.
    Homosexuality remains taboo in Palestinian territories. Mixed Legality: - West Bank (Partially still occupied by Israel): Legal since 1951 In 2022, the brutal killing of Ahmad Abu Murkhiyeh, a gay Palestinian man who had sought asylum in Israel, ignited shock and sparked discussions about LGBTQ+ safety and rights within Palestinian territories. In August 2019, the Palestinian Authority police banned the LGBTQ+ rights group Al Qaws from holding events in the West Bank, sparking debate on Palestinian social media and drawing attention in Israel. Al Qaws, which advocates for sexual and gender diversity in a largely conservative society, condemned the intimidation and called for a focus on addressing broader issues like occupation.
  • Equal age of consent becomes unequal.
    Article 347 of the Greek Criminal Code; which provides for a higher age of consent of 17, for seducing a male person if the male partner is over 18 and for lesbians and both male/female heterosexuals (regardless of close-in-age or not) and for only close-
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Homosexuality in Greece became legal in 1951 by the new Penal Code, but some discrimination in laws against homosexuals was valid until recently (article 347 of the Penal Code).
  • June 15
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Section 145 of the penal code indicates any carnal knowledge against nature is punishable for 7 years to life in prison.
  • May 20
    Serving openly in military becomes legal.
  • Serving openly in military becomes legal.
  • Serving openly in military becomes legal.
  • Serving openly in military becomes legal.
  • Serving openly in military becomes legal.
  • Serving openly in military becomes legal.
    Nationwide.
  • Serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No bans on service but intense discrimination makes it impossible.
  • Serving openly in military becomes legal.