1972 in LGBT Rights

In 1972, there were 19 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 39 changes made and 12 in the following year. A total of 161 legal changes were made in the 1970s.

  • December 2
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
  • October 11
    Same-sex marriage becomes foreign same-sex marriages recognized only.
    Court ruling pending on legalization of gay unions, Marriage.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    there is only protection is sexual orientation protection for employment only.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    Proposed discrimination protections.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Article 58 of the 1972 constitution defines marriage as a different-sex union.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    There are no provision explicitly protecting LGBT people
  • July 1
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    See article below.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    Changes of gender were only legally recognised if the individual had undergone sterilisation.
  • June 17
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • June 2
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    Homosexuality is illegal there.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No protections because homosexuality is still illegal.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
  • April 21
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Norway fully repealed Section 213 of the Norwegian Penal Code, legalizing homosexual activity.
  • March 1
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    Nobody lives in Bouvet Island,however Norwegian law has equal consent (16) for both straight and homosexual couples.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Nobody lives here, but still legal according to Norwegian Laws.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Under Norway rules.
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    Age of consent equal at 16 years of age.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Under Norway rules.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 1972

  • PFLAG FaviconPFLAG
    PFLAG is the United States' largest family and ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies united with people who are LGBT, PFLAG is committed…
  • Twenty10 FaviconTwenty10
    A Sydney based service working across New South Wales, providing a broad range of specialised services for young people 12-25 including housing, mental health, counselling and…