2007 in LGBT Rights

In 2007, there were 54 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 59 changes made and 55 in the following year. A total of 709 legal changes were made in the 2000s.

  • December 31
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    Adoption Law 77/2007 Article 13.
  • December 21
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    In 2007, Nepal became one of the leading LGBTQ countries with holding Supreme court ruling in 2007, that would allow same-sex marriages and grant transgender people the right to gender affirming care.
  • December 16
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    As of December 14th 2007 all Age of consent is equal across the country.
  • November 17
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Homosexuality within Chinandega is legal
  • November 16
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    According to Nicaraguan laws.
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Homosexuality is legal under current legal code
  • November 4
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Article 4 of the Family Law of the Brčko District states: "Marriage is a legally regulated union of life between a woman and a man." The BD Statute does not mention marriage.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes illegal.
    Family Law of Brčko District adopted on Jun 14, 2007 recognizes two categories of adoption: "incomplete adoption" and "full adoption". Both fully and partially can be adopted only by married partners without restrictions. With the existence of particularly justified reasons, both types of adoption can be provided to extramarital partners who have lived in the community for at least 5 years, while single people can only be granted incomplete adoption under the same justified reasons (Articles 86 and 87).
  • October 22
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    The Constitution of Montenegro prohibits discrimination on any ground. However, it does not explicitly mention sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes banned.
    There is constitutional ban on same-sex marriages in Montenegro. Article 71: "Marriage can only be concluded with the free consent of the woman and the man".
  • October 16
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Since 2008
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only banned in employment and housing
  • October 2
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    Under the Employment Relations Promulgation 2007, Section 6(2) prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation for recruitment, training, promotion, terms and conditions of employment, termination of employment or other matters arising out of the employment relationship.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes ambiguous.
    According to Government Regulation Number 54 of 2007 concerning the Implementation of Child Adoption, Article 16 stipulates as folllows: (1) Adoption of children by single parents can only be carried out by Indonesian citizens after obtaining permission from the Minister. The granting of permits as intended in paragraph (1) can be delegated to the head of a social agency in the province. Under this technicality, a LGBT prospective parent may be able to adopt while single, no known case has been documented of minister approval.
  • September 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes illegal.
    According to article 132 of the 2006 Family Law in Montenegro, adoptive parents can be: - spouses or common-law partners together - the spouse or common-law partner of the child's parent - exceptionally, with the permission of the cabinet minister responsible for social welfare, a person who lives alone if particulary justified reasons exist for doing so. This practically means that single people (regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity) are not allowed to adopt.
  • August 14
    Serving openly in military becomes legal.
    In Slovenia there is no regulation that would prohibit LGBT persons from participating in the Armed Forces. Article 15 of the 2007 Act on Service in the Slovenian Army: Equality during military service is guaranteed, regardless of any personal circumstances.
  • August 1
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    After many years of activism, Costa Rica lifted the ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood. The ban had originally been put in place due to fear of HIV-AIDS.
  • July 7
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
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  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
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  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
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  • June 13
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Illegal under the UK Federal Hate Crimes.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Constitutional ban on all discrimination.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
  • May 11
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    Since 2007
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only for employment for sexual orientation.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only sexual orientation for employment.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    The 2007 labor law protects against discrimination on employment on grounds of sexual orientation
  • (date unknown)
    Gender-affirming care becomes legal.
    In 2007, Ireland adopted the ICD-10 classification, which contains codes for diagnosing transsexualism in adulthood and childhood, which authorize the initiation of medical transition.
  • January 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes illegal.
    Under the registered partnership act same sex couples are not able to adopt their partner’s child.
  • (date unknown)
    Serving openly in military becomes illegal.
    The Military penal law No. 19 2007 prohibits its men from engaging Homosexual acts.
  • January 1
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, no restrictions.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Nationwide.
  • (date unknown)
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Under Samoan law Since 2007.
  • January 1
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, no restrictions.
    Non binary options UK Wide.
  • Serving openly in military becomes legal.
  • (date unknown)
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    State statute allows married and unmarried persons to adopt per §9-301, and a lower court ruled in MA, 2007 ME 123 (2007) that the law is not exclusionary of same-sex partners. Similarly, second-parent adoption isn't expressly permitted in statute, but case law has been tolerant in lower court rulings.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    State law provides for protections against employment discrimination in regards to both sexual orientation and gender identification.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    State law provides for protections against employment discrimination in regards to both sexual orientation and gender identification.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    State law provides for protections against employment discrimination in regards to both sexual orientation and gender identification.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    State law provides for protections against employment discrimination in regards to both sexual orientation and gender identification.
  • January 1
    Serving openly in military becomes legal.
    Section 1.5 of Ireland's Defence Forces's "Equality, Diversity, and Equal Status Policies" state that "the nine (9) grounds on which discrimination is prohibited are: Gender, marital status, family status, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion, race and membership of the Traveller community."
  • (date unknown)
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    The age of consent in Portugal is 14 years of age for both homosexual and heterosexual sex.
  • January 1
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (6-month deferral).
    Individuals who have engaged in anal sex (regardless of gender) have a 6 months deferral.
  • (date unknown)
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
  • January 1
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions (marriage rights).
    Swiss Registered Partnership is a Civil Union that grants equal rights to Marriage but differs on three points: access to Fertility treatment, Adoption and facilitated Swiss naturalisation.
  • (date unknown)
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    In 2007 and 2008, the Legislative Yuan passed amendments to two employment laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity at work. Employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited under Article 5 of the Employment Service Act (2007) and Chapter II of the Gender Equality in Employment Act (2008).
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    Articles 4, 5 and 108 of the Labour Law 23/2007
  • Right to change legal gender becomes ambiguous.
    Only to a third gender marker "O"; no changes between male "M" and female "F" permitted. According to ILGA Data, anecdotal evidence suggests that at least one transgender woman has been able to obtain a female gender marker, and one transgender man has obtained a male gender marker. In both situations, evidence of gender affirming medical interventions was required.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes illegal.
    Filipinos who undergo gender re-assignment surgery are not permitted to change their legal gender per a supreme court ruling in 2007. Individuals with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH), a very rare gender disorder, are permitted to change their gender. Changing gender pending.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    Transgender people in Belgium are required to undergo gender reassignment surgery in order to change their gender on state documents.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 2007

  • LGBT Network FaviconLGBT Network
    The LGBT Network is a charity which campaigns and lobbies for policy change and equality for LGBTQ persons.
  • Alaskans Together For Equality FaviconAlaskans Together For Equality
    Alaskans Together for Equality (ATE) is Alaska
  • Queer Leaders Forum FaviconQueer Leaders Forum
    Global
    Queer Leaders Forum (QLF) is a civic association, established from the initiative of the First Lesbian Association Museion, by the creation, followed up by the transformation of…
  • PINK Armenia FaviconPINK Armenia
    PINK (Public Information and Need of Knowledge) Armenia is a group of civil rights activists to promote the idea of safe sex and protection of human rights. The organization…
  • Matthew's Place FaviconMatthew's Place
    By LGBT youth for LGBT youth. Resources, Centers, Community, Blog, and stories. MatthewsPlace.com is an online community and resource site for lesbian, gay, bisexual…
  • MyKali Magazine  FaviconMyKali Magazine
    Online social-conceptual MENA webzine, covers issues of LGBT+, sexuality & gender
  • Queer leaders forum FaviconQueer leaders forum
    Queer Leaders Forum (QLF) is a civic association, established from the initiative of the First Lesbian Association Museion, by the creation, followed up by the transformation of…
  • LGBT Centre Mongolia FaviconLGBT Centre Mongolia
    The LGBT Centre is a Mongolian LGBT organization.
  • Insight FaviconInsight
    Insight is a Ukrainian public organization, that is committed to equal rights, freedom, inclusiveness, and diversity for all social groups.
  • Sarajevski otvoreni centar FaviconSarajevski otvoreni centar
    A civil society organization that advocates for the protection and promotion of human rights with an emphasis on gender equality and the position of LGBTI+ people.