2015 in LGBT Rights

In 2015, there were 190 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 154 changes made and 185 in the following year. A total of 1440 legal changes were made in the 2010s.

  • December 24
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions (marriage rights).
    On December 23rd, 2015, the Hellenic Parliament voted with 193 votes (56 against and 51 abstentions), on the law on extending the cohabitation agreement (civil unions) to same-sex couples.
  • December 23
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    A bill for the legalization of same-sex marriages was approved by the state Congress on 17 December in a 26–1 vote with 1 abstention. The law was published in the official state journal on 22 December and took effect the following day.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    In Greece, homosexuality was a criminal offence up until 1951. "Incest against nature" (between men) was punished under Article 347 of the Penal Code. This article was abolished with an amendment that was voted on December 23, 2015
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    The Civil Union act also equalized the age of consent at 15
  • December 22
    Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    Punishment of 2- 3 years in prison. not enforced. Decriminalization pending. Backed by Tunisian Prime Minister. Included in the Human peace accord. It is under the reform by the Tunisian Commission.
  • December 21
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one-year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one-year deferral guidance.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    FDA issued a new directive allowing for blood donation after a 1 year deferral.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    After a series of recommendations, the FDA has moved to a 12 months deferral.
  • December 17
    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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  • December 9
    Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    In five cities. it is banned federally under the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act which was signed by Obama. Conversion therapy ban pending state wide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions (marriage rights).
    On 26 November 2015, a civil union bill was passed by the House of Representatives with 39 in favour, 12 against and 3 abstentions. The law was published on 9 December 2015, and took effect that same day.
  • December 7
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    “Gender identity and gender expression” were added by Bill 7, the Alberta Human Rights Amendment Act which received royal assent in 2015.
  • December 3
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Ireland has removed their religious exceptions for anti-gay discrimination, making it completely illegal now.
  • November 16
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015 (bill no.5 of 2015)
  • November 13
    Right to change legal gender becomes ambiguous.
    Unrecognized
  • November 12
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    like in Poland, Protections in Ukraine are unfortunatley highly limited
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    LGBT discrimination is prohibited at the employment level
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    The Ukraine parliament voted to change the country's labor code to include protection against employment discrimination regardless of "race, colour, political, religious and other beliefs, sex gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnic, social and foreign origin, age, health, disability, or suspected presence of HIV/AIDS, family and property status, family responsibilities, place of residence, or participation in a strike."
  • November 4
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Previously couples could only adopt a child if it was from one of the partners, but the same-sex adoption law allows homosexual couples the same rights as heterosexual couples.
  • October 28
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    Deferral changed from 12 months to 4 months.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions (limited rights).
    Japan only recognizes heterosexual marriages. Some prefectures offer "partnership oaths" for same-sex couples, with some legal rights.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    12-month deferral for males who have sex with male
  • October 23
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Same-sex activity, along with adultery, is punishable by up to 100 lashes or 8 years in prison. Sharia law is enforced.
  • October 22
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions (marriage rights).
    Since 2015, same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples have the same legal protections available to opposite-sex married couples, within a civil union - except for adoption rights and the title of marriage.
  • October 15
    Serving openly in military becomes legal.
    Legally nationwide.
  • October 8
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    The Indonesian police authorities ruled an order since 2015 that it would process any hate speech related to sexual orientation or gender.
  • October 1
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, no restrictions.
    Before October 1st, a proof of surgery was required. With Bill n°35 : An Act to amend the Civil Code as regards civil status, successions and the publication of rights, it's not required anymore. ''SECTION IV CHANGE OF DESIGNATION OF SEX 71. Every person whose sexual identity does not correspond to the designation of sex that appears in that person's act of birth may, if the conditions prescribed by this Code and by government regulation have been met, have that designation and, if necessary, the person's given names changed. These changes may in no case be made dependent on the requirement to have undergone any medical treatment or surgical operation whatsoever.'' (Civil Code of Québec) To qualify to change the sex designation appearing on your act of birth, you must: - be 18 years of age or over; - hold Canadian citizenship; - be domiciled in Québec for at least one year. If you were born in Québec but live elsewhere, you may also qualify to change your sex designation if you show that such an amendment is not possible in the province or country in which you are domiciled. If you qualify to apply, you must complete the Application to Change the Sex Designation Appearing on an Act of Birth form and provide the documents indicated on the form. In particular, you must provide an affidavit in which you affirm: - that the designation of sex requested is the designation that best corresponds your sexual identity; - that you assume that sexual identity and intend to continue doing so; - that you understand the seriousness of the undertaking; - that your undertaking is voluntary and your consent is given in a free and enlightened manner. You must also include: - the affidavit of a person of full age who attests to having known you for at least one year and who confirms that you are fully aware of the seriousness of your application; - if you have already obtained a change of the designation of sex that appears in your act of birth, you must also include a letter from a physician, a psychologist, a psychiatrist or a sexologist authorized to practice in Canada or in the State in which you are domiciled, who declares having evaluated or followed you and is of the opinion that the change of the designation is appropriate having regard to the affidavit you made in support of your initial application. (Directeur de l'état civil Québec, change of sex designation)
  • September 24
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, no restrictions.
    Surgeries are no longer required to change one's gender marker in Nova Scotia since September 24th 2015.
  • September 20
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Section 18(3) of the Constitution of Nepal (2015) explains that the State shall not discriminate against, inter alia, “sexual minorities”.
  • September 16
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Under federal regulation.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Under federal regulation.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    In 2015, the ban on blood donations by MSMs was lifted.
  • August 20
    Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes intersex only.
    A court in Tours ruled in favour of an intersex plaintiff who sought to have a third gender option recognised on official identification documents.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    The Governor signed into law banning conversation therapy for youth. THe law will go into effect on January 1st, 2016.
  • August 15
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
  • July 23
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, no restrictions.
    In Trentino Alto Adige, Italy, it is possible for trans individuals to legally change their gender on their official documents. In fact, Trentino Alto Adige is one of the most progressive regions in Italy when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights, and it was the first region in the country to recognize same-sex civil unions in 2016. Trans individuals in Trentino Alto Adige can change their gender on official documents by submitting an application to the court in the place where they live. The application must include a medical certificate stating that the individual has undergone gender reassignment surgery, as well as an expert medical opinion stating that the individual has a stable and long-term gender identity that corresponds to the gender they are seeking to change their documentation to. The court will then make a decision on the application, and if the application is approved, the individual will be able to change their gender on their official documents. It's worth noting, however, that not all Italian regions have such progressive legislation regarding gender identity, and it can be more difficult for trans individuals to change their gender on official documents in other parts of the country.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires medical diagnosis.
    A Supreme Court decision overruled the surgery requirement to change one's legal gender.
  • July 16
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that “[A]llegations of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation necessarily state a claim of discrimination on the basis of sex”, and are barred by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This ruling applies at both the state and federal level. Furthermore, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled on April 20, 2012 that an employer who discriminates against an employee or applicant on the basis of the person’s gender identity is violating the prohibition on sex discrimination contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • July 15
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, no restrictions.
    For adults over 18, individuals can change their legal gender without a surgery. However, for individuals between the age of 16-18, there is a "route to recognition"
  • July 11
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Housing discrimination has been illegal for both sexual orientation and gender identity since the adoption of the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination from 2015 (Article 2).
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Employment discrimination has been illegal for both sexual orientation and gender identity since the adoption of the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination from 2015 (Article 2).
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    On May 28, 2015, Parliament of Kosovo passed new Law on Prohibition of Discrimination, which prohibits, among other categories, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in all areas.
  • July 10
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Same-Sex Marriage became legal in the Mexican state of Guerrero on July 10,2015.
  • June 30
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Although not explicitly mentioned in the penal code, the justice minister clarified that homosexuality is not an offence in Mozembique. New penal code explicitly removed "crimes against nature", leaving no ground whatsoever for homosexuality to be illegal. It is expected to go into effect June 29th, 2015.
  • June 26
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    There are no laws prohibiting Ohio same-sex adoption. Both single LGBT individuals and gay and lesbian couples are permitted to petition to adopt in the state of Ohio. Prior to the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage in 2015, only single LGBT individuals could adopt. However, since then, same-sex couples are permitted to adopt in Ohio.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Puerto Rico legalizes gay marriage after US Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Shortly after the ruling, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, the governor of Puerto Rico, signed an executive order requiring government agencies to be compliant with the ruling.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Every state has had same sex marriage legal since 2015.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    In a ruling by the US Supreme Court, all 50 states must now issue marriage licenses for same sex couples and recognize same-sex marriages performed in any state.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    After a 5-4 vote in Supreme Court attempts by conservative states to ban same-sex marriage were overturned making it legal across the USA.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The supreme court found that same-sex marriage is fundamental right, making it legal in all US states. The ruling states that "the right to marry is protected by the Constitution ... This analysis compels the conclusion that same-sex couples may exercise the right to marry"
  • June 12
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
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  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Legalized in 2015.
  • June 11
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    In 2015, the National Labor Court declared that employees can't be discriminated against based on their gender identity.
  • June 10
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Gay Marriage and Unions Pending.
  • June 4
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, no restrictions.
    In response to two rulings of the Constitutional Court in 2015, the Colombian Government issued a decree on 4 June 2015 to simplify the process by which adults over 18 can legally change their gender. The decree, signed by the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior, says the gender change is justified by a person's individual choice; it eliminates the requirement for psychiatric or physical examinations.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    On June 4, Ontario unanimously passed a Bill 77 "Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Act" banning "any practice that seeks to change or direct the sexual orientation or gender identity of a patient under 18 years of age, including efforts to change or direct the patient's behavior or gender expression."
  • June 1
    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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  • May 27
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Greenland parliament unanimously approves same sex marriage
  • May 22
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    First province to ban it.
  • May 19
    Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    Conversion therapy is banned for Minors. Technically conversion therapy is not banned for adults though close to all professional guidelines prohibits it.
  • May 17
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    In addition to the existing HIV/AIDS law, public workers are now also protected. Within federal agencies, same sex partnerships are also required to be recognized as a family when requesting time off for spousal medical emergencies.
  • May 15
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    After suggestions from the British government and approval by local council, same sex marriage is now legal.
  • May 12
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Conversion therapy ban pending.
  • May 10
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    Legal, but requires surgery and sterilization.
  • April 20
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    In 2015, a labor reform made it illegal for employers to discriminate against people due to their sexual orientation.
  • April 4
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    As Same Sex Marriage is now fully legal, same sex couples can adopt children. One month before it became legal, same sex couples can also adopt children.
  • April 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    Legalization pending. Required by 2018 IACHR Ruling.
  • March 30
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    In 2015, Articles 175(a) and 176 of the Criminal Code (1911) were amended by S.B. 2015 No. 44 to criminalise discrimination and incitement to hatred based on sexual orientation per Article 175, which includes the list of prohibited grounds.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    Articles 176b, 176c and 500a of the Criminal Code bans discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment.
  • March 26
    Right to change legal gender becomes ambiguous.
    Only people born as intersex could change their ID from male to female or female to male following surgery certified by a medical doctor.
  • March 13
    Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    Only banned in few cities. State conversion therapy ban pending.
  • March 12
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Discrimination on grounds of housing and employment is prohibited for both sexual orientations and gender identities
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Anti discrimination bill in housing and employment for sexual orientations and gender identities passes and becomes law
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    LGBT Anti discrimination bill in housing and employment passes and becomes law
  • March 10
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    In Bill 10, a bill ensuring the right of students to form gay-straight alliances in Alberta schools, amendments were added before it was passed adding protection of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to the Alberta Bill of Rights. Bill 10 goes into effect on June 1, 2015. The Alberta Human Rights Act has not yet been explicitly modified to include gender identity and gender expression, though they continue to be read in implicitly by the Alberta Human Rights Commission.
  • March 2
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    March ended the long legal fight to same sex adoption with same sex couples now allowed to become foster parents, completely equalizing their rights to adopt
  • March 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Same sex couples adoptions are legal nationwide in Brazil since March 2015 by Supreme Federal Court recognition.
  • March
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, no restrictions.
    The Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act removed the need for trans people in Malta to undergo surgery, sterilization and obtain a diagnosis of mental illness in order to legally change their gender.
  • March 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes ambiguous.
    Some courts have recognized foreign joint adoption. Some receptions are also made for step-children. Gay adoption legalizing pending.
  • March
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Same sex couples adoptions are legal nationwide in Brazil since March 2015 by Supreme Federal Court recognition.
  • February 1
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, no restrictions.
    Proof of surgery is no longer required to change one's gender on official documents
  • January 26
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Under the revision of Thailand Criminal Code.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Under Thailand Criminal Code.
  • January 21
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, no restrictions.
    Israelis can now change their legal gender without sex-reassignment surgery as ordered by the Supreme Court
  • January 16
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Gender identity is now an explicit protected ground in the labour code.
  • January 14
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Same sex couples can have the same right to adopt as different-sex couples
  • (date unknown)
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    illegal since 2015
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    discrimination illegal since 2015
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Nationwide.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Hate crime law includes sexual orientation and gender identity is banned such as housing, employment and other discimination
  • January 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    After same-sex marriage was legalized, same-sex adoption was also legalized on the same terms as adoption for heterosexual couples.
  • (date unknown)
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Same-sex couples can legally adopt kids with same rights as opposite-sex couples
  • January 1
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Full discrimination protections since 2015.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unregistered cohabitation.
    Required to be legalized under EU ruling. Under EU Law.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Single adoption, joint adoption by married couples and second parent adoption are legal in North Dakota.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Conversion therapy is not banned at a state level, however, on August 3, 2021, the city of Charlestown banned conversion therapy.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
  • (date unknown)
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    Section 18(3) of the Constitution of Nepal (2015) explains that the State shall not discriminate against, inter alia, “sexual minorities”.
  • January 1
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
  • (date unknown)
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    2015 FDA Guidance
  • January 1
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Under article 107 2 b
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only in employment.
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    age of consent is 21. Homosexuality is illegal.
  • (date unknown)
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Section 2.4 (b)(iii) of Liberia’s Decent Work Act (2015) entitles all who seek to work in Liberia to do so regardless of “sex, gender identity or sexual orientation”.
  • January 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Under state and federal law. Single adoption and adoption by couples are permitted. Second parent adoption is also allowed, but only for married couples.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Under HUD ruling 2009. Full local protections since 2015.
  • (date unknown)
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    Protections in housing only available for sexual orientation and not gender identity.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    Section 18(3) of the Constitution of Nepal (2015) explains that the State shall not discriminate against, inter alia, “sexual minorities”.
  • January 1
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    under the Guam Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Under Guam Lawmakers
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Under Guam Lawmakers.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Under national marriage law.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    as being a Territory of USA under federal law. as well as state laws.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Same-sex marriage has been legal in Luxembourg since 2015, making it the last Benelux country to recognise marriage equality.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 2015

  • Shams FaviconShams
    The fight against homophobia and launch a social debate on homosexuality.
  • Yaaj FaviconYaaj
    LGBTQ support group for LGBTQ youth in Mexico
  • lgbt Rights Azbaijan Faviconlgbt Rights Azbaijan
    First lgbt resource portal for this country.
  • IraQueer FaviconIraQueer
    An LGBT Resource for people in Iraq.
  • Rainbow Rights WA FaviconRainbow Rights WA
    Rainbow Rights WA is an organisation formed as a result of a PrideWA and Equal Opportunity Commission human rights forum in 2015. Our Vision: Freedom to be and to love. Our…
  • Hanoi Queer  FaviconHanoi Queer
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