1970 in LGBT Rights

In 1970, there were 3 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 23 changes made and 38 in the following year. A total of 213 legal changes were made in the 1970s.

  • (date unknown)
    Gender-affirming care becomes restricted.
    In 1970, Finland legalized sterilization, which de facto meant legalizing sex reassignment surgery, however, medical records regarding transsexualism had to be obtained abroad.
  • January 1
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    Prior to 2022, Gender change was legal and easier to access
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Consensual same-sex acts were legalized in 1945 after the end of WW2 by the Polish Penal Code. Since 2019 several municipalities have declared themselves to be "LGBT-free zones", while this has no legal standing it does adversely affect LGBT people by opening them up to hate crime. In 1970 homosexuality was completely decriminalized by removing the provision on homosexual prostitution from the penal code.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 1970