2018 in LGBT Rights

In 2018, there were 45 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 164 changes made and 33 in the following year. A total of 1260 legal changes were made in the 2010s.

  • December 14
    Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes intersex only.
    Only for inter
  • November 16
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
    San Marino passed a law recognizing same sex civil unions.
  • October 18
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Changing your gender legally no longer requires surgery in Uruguay.
  • September 6
    Serving openly in military becomes legal.
    Article 46 got Removed. As well homosexuality just became legal.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Full discriminiation protections pending for transgender people. Sexual orientation discrimination protection through human rights institute.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Just got ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court on July 17, 2018. Might be legal in Oct 2018. Section 377 of the Indian Criminal Code is being rewritten. The ban just got struck down today.
  • August 20
    Same-sex adoption becomes married couples only.
    Currently being implemented.
  • July 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes ambiguous.
    however the religious amendment makes it hard to adopt.
  • June 21
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    City housing discrimination protections in Lamorie, Jackson.
  • June 11
    LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    No discrimination protections currently.
  • June 6
    Same-sex adoption becomes married couples only.
    Legalization pending. It will become legal in February 2019.
  • June 1
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
    Domestic Partnership Act 2018, effectively repealed same sex marriage.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Bill banning conversion therapy got signed into law on March 30, 2018 and became a law Jun 1, 2018; although it was widely uncommon for many years before that, it was technically not a law.
  • May 11
    Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes recognized.
    Transgender people in Pakistan are allowed to identify as male, female, a blend of both, or neither.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Transgender people in Pakistan are allowed to self-identify gender legally.
  • May 9
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Varies by region;For Gender identity only.
  • April 20
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Adoption is not a federal law and is state-based. Since April 2018, same-sex couples can adopt children in all jurisdictions within Australia.
  • April 10
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
  • April
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    A more complex testing process is in place for MSM donations.
  • April 1
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No protections involving sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only in state employment only.
  • March 26
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No discrimination Protections Yet.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    Gay people or transgender people are misunderstood.
  • March 13
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    On March 13, 2018, the Northern Territory passed a new law allowing same-sex couples to adopt children.
  • March 7
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Since 2015. no laws restricting adoption.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Full discrimination protections in city of Jackson, Mongolia, Clarksville.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Under federal law as well as Idaho state law
  • March 1
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    In March 2018, the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled that transgender people have the right to change name and sex on their birth certificate without the need of sexual reassignment surgery or doctor letters. The change can be made at a notary's office now.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Finland voted to legalize full marriage for same-sex couples on November 28, 2014, but it went into effect on March 1, 2017.
  • February 15
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Conversion therapy ban pending.
  • February 13
    Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes not legally recognized.
    Gender-neutral names can be used on IDs and birth certificates, following the case of Jason-Antigone Dane, but one can only legally identify as male or female
  • February 12
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    requires public announcement of name change. Changes pending. Missing non binary options on drivers licenses.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    Requires surgery to change birth Certificate. Changes pending. Non binary options pending.
  • February 2
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    In four cities.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Full City protections in Jackson and city of Mongolia.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Full City protections in Jackson, Mongolia, Clarksville. Starkville just had its first pride parade. Currently being faught by Mississippi Gov.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Complete State protection. as well complete city protections for all areas. State wide discrimination protections in employment, housing. previous sex prohibition on sex discrimination is interpreted to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    No conditions required. Non binary options on drivers licenses pending.
  • January 27
    Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes recognized.
    WAC 246-490-075 includes the legal gender marking "X" as a gender that is not exclusively male or female, including, but not limited to, intersex, agender, amalgagender, androgynous, bigender, demigender, female-to-male, genderfluid, genderqueer, male-to-female, neutrois, nonbinary, pangender, third sex, transgender, transsexual, Two Spirit, and unspecified.
  • January 22
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Not criminalized or regulated. However it is widely condemned.
  • January 15
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Only for gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Nationwide.
  • January 9
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Under Movement advancement project. Missing non binary options on documents.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 2018

  • International Family Equality Day FaviconInternational Family Equality Day
    Global
    IFED goals & mission: - Raise awareness, provide advocacy, empower, demand social and legal acceptance for our families, and celebrate family diversity worldwide. - Ensure…
  • Unite UK FaviconUnite UK
    Unite UK is an LGBTQ+ blog run by two queer women, Charlotte & Aislinn. We strive ourselves on being a source of information, guidance and support for all members of the lgbtq+…
  • Goa Rainbow Trust FaviconGoa Rainbow Trust
    Goa Rainbow Trust was legally established on October 31, 2018. However, Chris Fernandes, who is the CEO and Founder, began having meetings back in 2013 under the name Goa Rainbow…
  • Trans Dynamics FaviconTrans Dynamics
    Trans Dynamics (TD) is an unregistered organization by and for Trans people. TD is the only trans-specific organization based in Morocco. TD fight all forms of discrimination…