1973 in LGBT Rights

In 1973, there were 12 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 20 changes made and 15 in the following year. A total of 162 legal changes were made in the 1970s.

  • December 21
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Article 242 of the family law states explicitly that marriage is between a man and a woman who has cohabited for more than 3 years. The recent movement of "accidental passage" of same sex marriage has not taken effect or exercised.
  • April 12
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes gender identity only.
    Gender identity only.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes gender identity only.
    Gender identity only.
  • Equal age of consent becomes n/a.
    Age of consent is not applicable because homosexuality is illegal in Pakistan.
  • January 29
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    In 1973, homosexuality was decriminalized in Malta by the Prime Minister, Dom Mintoff.
  • January 1
    Serving openly in military becomes legal.
    Since they are defended by the Dutch.
  • Serving openly in military becomes legal.
    Defended by Dutch.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, no restrictions.
  • (date unknown)
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • January 1
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Legislative repeal, effective 1973.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Legislative repeal, effective 1973.
  • (date unknown)
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    A court ruling in Indonesia in December 2009 stipulated that Indonesians who have undergone gender re-assignment surgery must be allowed to change their gender on identity documents.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 1973

  • Lambda Legal FaviconLambda Legal
    Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through…
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force FaviconNational Gay and Lesbian Task Force
    The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.