1969 in LGBT Rights

In 1969, there were 7 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 7 changes made and 1 in the following year. A total of 126 legal changes were made in the 1960s.

  • July 19
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Legal since 2003 after removal of sodamy from the criminal code. Although there is vigilante justice does occur. No discrimination protection in Iraq.
  • Homosexual activity becomes ambiguous.
    Even though Iraq's Criminal Code doesn't mention homosexuality in its penal code, Articles such as 400 in the penal code can be used against LGBT community.
  • June 27
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Criminal Law Amendment Act (Canada) 1968-1969.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Introduced by Pierre Trudeau in the omnibus bill The Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1968-69.
  • May 21
    Equal age of consent becomes unequal.
    Even though gay male sex was illegal for all ages, section 14 of the Immorality Act 23 of 1957, as inserted by the Immorality Amendment Act 57 of 1969, set the age of consent for gay male sex at 19, as opposed to 16 for straight sex. There was no age of consent for lesbian sex.
  • May 14
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Bill C-150 decriminalized consensual anal intercourse done in private between two adults over 21 everywhere in Canada
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Canada decriminalizes homosexuality with the introduction of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1968-69.