2016 in LGBT Rights

In 2016, there were 130 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 131 changes made and 158 in the following year. A total of 1146 legal changes were made in the 2010s.

  • December 28
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    they provide the surgery. it is not required. Missing non binary options on documents.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Only can be done by people in Myanmar. No laws in place for same sex couples.
  • December 20
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
  • December 19
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    .
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    .
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    The congress Nuevo Leon, unanimously approved the law to promote equality and prevent, combat and eliminate dissolution and also prohibit any form of discrimination.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    The congress Nuevo Leon, unanimously approved the law to promote equality and prevent, combat and eliminate dissolution and also prohibit any form of discrimination.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    The congress Nuevo Leon, unanimously approved the law to promote equality and prevent, combat and eliminate dissolution and also prohibit any form of discrimination.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    The state Nuevo leon approves to promote and eliminate the discrimination.
  • December 15
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Civil Marriage Amendment Act 2016
  • December 12
    Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    They introduced to ban conversion therapy on minor for Texas that they will have a debate on september 1 , 2017
  • December 6
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Anyone who tries to "change, repress or eliminate a person's sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression" will be fined up to 10,000 euros or even jailed for up to a year.
  • December 1
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Some protections under sex discrimination.
  • November 8
    Right to change legal gender becomes ambiguous.
    Full Legalization Pending under 2018 AICHR Ruling. Unknown.
  • October 31
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    No restrictions. No laws in place for same sex couples. Legalization pending.
  • October 29
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    No laws in place for same sex couples.
  • October 16
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    No laws in place for same sex couples.
  • October 15
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Since 2016. Missing non binary options.
  • October 11
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    No restrictions. No laws in place for same sex couples. Legalization pending.
  • September 28
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Conversion therapy ban pending.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Not criminalized anywhere in the south.
  • September 27
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Some protections under hate crimes.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Some protections under the Consitution.
  • September 26
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    same-sex couple can adopt
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Not criminalized. Conversion therapy ban pending. Suggested by UN LGBT rights Expert.
  • September 16
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    Following the amendment in the Queensland Criminal Code, the age of consent is now equal across all states and territories of Australia.
  • September 14
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Full discrimination protections in city of Lawrence, city of Manhattan and roeland park. Unifed government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. Sexual orientation discrimination protection under state hate crime law.
  • September 10
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    According to the BBC.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    The law 259 allows same-sex adoption
  • September 9
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Conversion therapy ban pending. Soon to be outlawed in Ireland. As well as across the UK too.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Only for state employment. As well as discrimination protection under federal law VII under sex discrimination for sexual oreination and gender identity. Full Employment discrimination protections pending state wide.
  • September 7
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Not banned in this state.
  • Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    in 7 cities and pittsburg. State wide conversion therapy ban pending.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    For people Under 18.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Just got signed today by the governor on July 24, 2018.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Conversion therapy ban pending.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Not criminalize in the state.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Not criminalized in this state.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Only in Milwaukee.
  • Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    Unknown.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Just got vetoed by the current governor.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Not criminalized in this state.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Not criminalized.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Some places have promoted this in Texas. Conversion therapy ban is pending.
  • Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    not criminalized in this state. however condemned by the AMA association.
  • Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    in a few cities. an in one county. Not criminalized state wide.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Bill outlawing conversion therapy on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity just got signed by the governor.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No ban so far. Starkville, Mississippi just allowed the first pride parade to go ahead.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Conversion therapy ban pending.
  • September 6
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Missing non binary options on documents.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Not criminalized in this state.
  • September 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Adoption by same-sex couples legal since 1 September 2016 under the Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Act 2015.
  • August 14
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    one of the 12 states that have pass bills criminalizing this practice.
  • August 10
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    under city discrimination protections only. protections under sexual orientation under Nebraska hate crime law.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    under city housing discrimination protections. as well as under hate crime law. pending statewide.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Full protection under hate crime law. Only full discrimination protections under city protections. only protection under state employment is sexual orientation.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    State employment discriminaiton protections for sexual orientation and gender idneitty and gender expression since June 13, 2018. some under city protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. under hate crime law for sexual orientation. complete protection under federal hate crime law.
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    got equalized when the supreme court struck down the sodomy law.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Just got legalized.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    there is local protections in the city of Atlanta and Macon-Bib county. under section VII under sex discrimination covers sexual orientation and gender identity. As well under section IX. Full state employment discrimination protections pending. gender identity discrimination protection under Glenn v. Brumby
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Full state discrimination protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression since June 13, 2018.They have only city protections. as well as protection under federal and Louisiana hate crime law for sexual orientation. Also in Full city discrimination protection in two cities. Full Employment, Housing and Public accommodations state wide discrimination protections pending.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    under City discrimination protections.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Full discrimination protections thorugh city discrimination protections in the following cities City of Charles Town, City of Charleston, city of Harpers Ferry, City of Huntington, city of Lewisburg, City of Martinburg, City of Morgantown, City of Shepherdstown,City of Sutton, City of Wheeling, Town of Thurmond.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    city discrimination protections in the city of Lamorie, Jackson.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only city discrimination protections in Omaha. As well sexual orientation and gender identity under Federal hate crime law. Sexual orientation under Nebraska Hate crime law. Full state discrimination protections pending statewide.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    in the city of Norman for sexual orientation discrimination protections. as well as the Oklahoma city and Tulsa. Full state employment discrimination protections pending.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    State interperts existing sex prohibition on sex discrimination to include sexual oreination and or gender idenity. As well as full state discrimination protections only. State explicitly interpites prohibition on sex discrimination to include sexual orientation and or gender indentity. Sex discrimination which includes gender identity under section VII. As well state discrimination protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. Hate crime law pending.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    14 cities have sexual discrimination protections. 13 cities have gender identity discrimination protection. full protections under Missouri's hate crime law. State employment discrimination protections pending. Court decision pending. pending statewide.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Hate crime law pending backed by court ruling and by the Indiana Governor . State discrimination protection only. Full state employment discrimination protections pending. Full state housing discrimination protections pending. discrimination protection under section VII section sex discrimination also includes gender identity and or sexual orientation.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only state protections for sexual orientation. Sexual orientation under state hate crime law. As well under sex discrimination under Section VII. Also under federal hate crime law for sexual orientation and gender identity. State discrimination protections state wide pending. Gender identity discrimination protection under Schwenk v. Hartford. Full employment discrimination protections pending.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    city discrimination protections only. Full discrimination protections pending. Gender identity discrimination under Section VII.
  • August 3
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Under a ruling by the Pennsylvanian human rights company.
  • July 31
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only in one city. pending statewide.
  • July 30
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Discrimination protection for state employees. as well complete city protections in 4 cities. As well in 1 county. Federal sex discrimination protection under section VII. Sexual orientation and gender identity under federal hate crime law.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    it is one of the many states that have banned conversion therapy.
  • July 25
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    BC Legislature passed a bill adding gender identity to protected class in the BC Human Rights Code
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    BC Legislature passed a bill to include gender identity in the protected class for BC Human Rights Code
  • July 24
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Under the LGBT Adoption Laws Hawaii
  • July 23
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Some discrimination protection through sex discrimination protection.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Under supreme court ruling.
  • July 18
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only sexual orientation for state employment. As well as gender identity discrimination protection under federal law VII.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Full state housing discrimination protections state wide pending. Only in two cities.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    According to the us advancement project. Under state employment discrimination protection for sexual orientation. Full protection under city discrimination protection in city of Anchorage and Anchorage Borough. As well as the city of Juneau.
  • July 15
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    under the new Brunswick human rights code.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Under the New Brunswick Human Right Code
  • July 1
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Surgery is no longer required as of July 1st, 2016.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    On March 17, 2016, the Vermont Senate unanimously approved S.132.
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    The US Army repealed the ban to serve for openly transgender individuals
  • June 3
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    In May 2016, the parliament enacted the "Crimes Act 2016" which does not contain provisions criminalizing same-sex sexual activity
  • June 1
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    As well documents can be changed. Missing non binary options.
  • May 27
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    From the date that Nauru Decriminalized Homosexuality.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes ambiguous.
    No laws in place.
  • May 20
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Just came into effect.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Same-Sex Marriage became legal in Campeche on May 20,2016 after a vote of 34-1
  • May 19
    Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    10-15 years in prison. not enforced.
  • May 18
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Approved by the Congress of the State of Michoacán, with 26 votes in favor, no opposition and 7 abstentions on May 18, 2016.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    The parliament was expected to consider the measure within few months. The Attorney General Ronny Govinden ruled out a referendum on the issue. The bill was approved on 18 May 2016.
  • May 17
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    Set age of consent.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Full discrimination protections. As well under hate crime laws.
  • May 16
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Homosexuality is currently illegal.
  • May 14
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    .
  • May 12
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Same-Sex Marriage was legal in Sonora for 6 days before the governor announced to keep the policy before which was to get a court order.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Same-Sex Marriage became legal in Jalisco on May 12,2016 after The Mexican Supreme Court legalized it in the state
  • May 11
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
    Italy's parliament has backed same-sex civil unions. MPs in the lower house voted 369-193 for the government, ensuring that the civil unions bill will become law.
  • May 9
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Condemned by the American Psychiatrical society under new policies passed in June 2018.
  • May 1
    Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    15 years to life in prison. Not enforced. Decriminailzation pending. Supported by President. Trinidad and Tobago just legalized Homosexuality. UK is helping to decriminalize homosexuality here. Required legalization under IACHR 2018 Ruling.
  • April 28
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    "The judges affirmed by a majority that marriage between people of the same sex does not violate the constitutional order," judge Maria Victoria Calle said.
  • April 22
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    from a ruling in the supreme Botswana Court. legalization rejected.
  • April 20
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Conversion therapy ban pending.
  • April 19
    Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    Not criminalized in this state.
  • April 8
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    "The magistrates of the constitutional court voted six to three against a proposed ruling that said marriage applied only to unions between men and women and that it was up to the congress and not the court to decide on same-sex marriage."
  • April 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Federal Judge ruled that the ban on same sex couple adopting was unconstitutional
  • March 17
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Botswana Court of Appeal Denied Ban.
  • March 13
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    In 2016, Conservative Democrat MP Rosmarie Quadranti requested the Swiss Federal Government to undertake measures to outlaw conversion therapy on LGBT minors.[68][69] The Swiss Federal Council wrote in response that in its view, conversion therapies are "ineffective and cause significant suffering to young people subjected to them", and would constitute a breach of professional duties on the part of any care professional undertaking them. As such, in its view, any care professional undertaking such therapies is already liable to be sanctioned by the cantonal authorities. Whether such therapies also constitute a criminal offense is to be determined by the criminal courts in individual cases, according to the Federal Council.
  • March 6
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    Only sexual orientation
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    Only sexual orientation
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    -
  • February 24
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Not criminalized anywhere in central Midwest.
  • February 9
    Same-sex marriage becomes foreign same-sex marriages recognized only.
    Required legalization under EU ruling. Recognized for immigration purposes only under 2018 EU Ruling. Civil Unions pending.
  • Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    only regulated. State wide conversion therapy pan pending. it is illegal nationwide under the therapeutic fraud act signed under president Obama. Criminalization of this practice under A 3977 is pending in the New York State Senate. In certain cities it is criminalized.
  • February 4
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Since 2016, transgender persons are allowed to change their birth name and gender identity (instead of the sex assigned at birth) on legal documents.
  • February 1
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Not criminalized in Georgia.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Under the Revised Peru Criminal Code.
  • January 26
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Same-sex marriage is legal in Jalisco.
  • January 9
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only for state employment. 4 city full discrimination protections. as well as sex discrimination which includes gender identity under section VII. Full discrimination protection pending for all employment statewide.
  • January 3
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Not criminalized.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 2016

  • Planet Ally FaviconPlanet Ally
    Global
    Founded in Hong Kong in 2016, and now based in Australia, our mission is to live on a planet of allies. We are a queer feminist-led international nonprofit dedicated to…
  • LGBTI Sey FaviconLGBTI Sey
    Our vision for Seychelles is to be a country where all people are accepted and affirmed, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Planet Ally  FaviconPlanet Ally
    Global
    Planet Ally, is a mobile website (in development), that focuses on travel and the LGBTIQ community, with a particular focus on allyship and solidarity. Planet Ally is a…
  • YOUTH ARISE LGBT SIERRA LEONE FaviconYOUTH ARISE LGBT SIERRA LEONE
    An LGBT/MSM ADVOCACY, HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANISATION
  • Victorian Pride Centre FaviconVictorian Pride Centre
    The Victorian Pride Centre will showcase Victoria’s diversity, pave new directions for its future, and honour and celebrate Australia’s LGBTI community’s brave – and at…
  • Metro Manila Pride FaviconMetro Manila Pride
    Metro Manila Pride's aim is to create safe, informative, educational, affirming, intersectional, and empowering spaces for LGBTQIA+ Filipinos. We work towards a future that…
  • Body and data FaviconBody and data
    Body & Data is focused on issues of women and queer in internet; creating a free, open and just Internet that respects autonomy of individuals that upholds their dignity.
  • The Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce FaviconThe Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce
    Global
    Our goal is to champion the LGBT Contribution in Philippine Business. The Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce is an industry organization of businesses of, by, and for the…