1986 in LGBT Rights

In 1986, there were 5 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 6 changes made and 14 in the following year. A total of 209 legal changes were made in the 1980s.

  • December 6
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act of 1986 prevents discriminatory activities
  • November 11
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Anal intercourse between two consenting male adults is punishable by twenty-five (25) years imprisonment. Anal intercourse committed by a minor is punishable by five (5) years imprisonment. Serious indecency between two adults of the same sex is punishable by five years imprisonment. ("An act of “serious indecency” is an act, other than sexual intercourse (whether natural or unnatural), by a person involving the use of the genital organ for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire.")
  • May 27
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • April 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Under Federal law. Almost Nationwide.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes varies by region.
    Full joint adoption by same-sex couples is currently legal in the certain states.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 1986

  • Egale Canada FaviconEgale Canada
    Egale Canada is Canada’s only national charity promoting LGBT human rights through research, education and community engagement.