1954 in LGBT Rights

In 1954, there were 2 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 6 changes made and 1 in the following year. A total of 69 legal changes were made in the 1950s.

  • 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.