2021 in LGBT Rights

In 2021, there were 141 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 216 changes made and 156 in the following year. A total of 762 legal changes have been made so far in the 2020s.

  • December 30
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Legalized in 2021.
  • December 20
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    On 20 December 2021, the Secretary General of Government, Libia Dennise García Muñoz, issued an official directive addressed to officials of the state civil registry that, effective immediately, same-sex couples can marry in the state.
  • December 16
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (6-month deferral).
    Deferral was lowered to 6 months.
  • December 9
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Article 134A of the Penal Code (2000), amended by Law No. 1,482 (2011), criminalizes discrimination based on "sexual orientation", while Article 136C (3) and (4) increases the penalty if such discrimination is committed by public servants or during the provision of public services. These provisions prohibit discrimination based on “sexual orientation” in general terms and therefore apply to employment. Article 136C (6) also includes the reason for denial or restriction of employment rights as an aggravating circumstance. Added to the previous factor we have the SU440-21 decision of the Colombian Constitutional Court. The Colombian Supreme Court "Corte Constitucional de Colombia" ruled on December 9, 2021 based on decision SU440-21 that trans people in Colombia cannot be discriminated against due to their gender identity when receiving financial pensions from the State, despite the ruling of having as its object the receipt of financial pensions from the State, the sentence in its paragraph 55, section III makes it clear that the principle by which this decision was taken is that gender identity is protected by the general constitutional clause of article 13 of the Constitution of Colombia, making clear that discrimination based on gender identity is prohibited in other areas, which includes discrimination in housing and employment. The Colombian Ministry of the Interior released a presidential decree in spring 2016 that provides a broad policy of procedural obligations for government institutions and territorial entities in relation to LGBTI rights. The document calls for the creation of an Intersectoral Commission to Guarantee the Rights of the LGBTI Community (Spanish: Comisión Intersectorial para la Garantía de los Derechos de la comunidad LGBTI). The decree specifically addresses the rights of LGBTI Colombians in public education, health care, prisons and as victims of armed conflicts. The text clarifies that “national entities cannot refuse to recognize that a same-sex couple can form a family and, consequently, enjoy the constitutional protections and equal opportunities provided to other families”. [26] In May 2018, President Juan Manuel Santos issued an executive decree ordering the Ministry of the Interior to continue guaranteeing the rights of LGBT people in the social sector, namely in health, education, work, housing, recreation, sport and culture, as well as establish support programs. Therefore, this decree serves as a prohibition of housing and employment discrimination at the state level, reinforcing previous jurisdiction and legislation.
  • December 7
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Banned in all of Canada
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Banned through all of Canada
  • November 11
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    The Legislature of the Oaxaca Congress established that anyone who forces a person to receive a conversion therapy will be punished with jail.
  • November 2
    Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes recognized.
    Michigan does recognize gender X marker on all passports and all government IDs. 2021 Governor Whitmer has stated in a letter to her staff saying that she is allowing people to get X markers on drivers licenses and passports, as well as birth certificates. In 2022, US State Government allows all passports to have gender marker X. This is only for passports and not for other government issued ids, it is still states discretion for gender markers as of 2024
  • November 1
    Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes recognized.
    (ADI) 4.275
  • October 28
    Censorship of LGBT issues becomes varies by region.
    Censorship became "other punishment" in the state of Texas, and in Florida Govt. DeSantis wants to ban LGBT topics from being discussed in schools. Generally, LGBT Topics are considered under the Free Speech Clause. Due to the nature of the current laws, and state decisions such as in Florida; "Varies by region" is the best indicator to use.
  • Censorship of LGBT issues becomes state-enforced.
    Numerous schools and libraries in Texas have been instructed to terminate or remove books with topics that, "make students feel uneasy". The topics under fire include (but are not limited to) lgbtq characters, same-sex relationships and gender discussion. Teachers that ignore this law could be fired.
  • October 25
    Conversion therapy becomes varies by region.
    Currently in the Philippines there is one region that has put a ban on conversion therapy- Bataan.
  • October 21
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    "A Namibian court has found that the constitution bans discrimination based on sexual orientation."
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    "A Namibian court has found that the constitution bans discrimination based on sexual orientation."
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    "A Namibian court has found that the constitution bans discrimination based on sexual orientation." Section 139 of the Labour Act of 2004 repealed the Labour Act of 1992 which in Section 107 prohibited sexual orientation discrimination.
  • October 19
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    The Congress of the State of Tlaxcala approved a reform that prohibits and punishes with up to 4 years in prison conversion therapies.
  • October 15
    Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes recognized.
    The Justice of Alagoas recognized for the first time a non-binary person. The decision allows a person registered with a male name and gender, but who does not recognize themselves as male or female, to have a new birth certificate, without gender. Coordinator of the Itinerant Justice project, Emanuella Porangaba highlighted that the sentence will serve as a basis for future requests from non-binary people. “Fenix was the first, certainly not the last person to fall into this situation. The judiciary has already taken the first step and is open to accepting these fair and dignified claims that grant citizens the fullest citizenship, which until then this was mitigated”.
  • October 6
    Censorship of LGBT issues becomes no censorship.
    Utah has no active laws on censorship of LGBT topics.
  • October
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    From October 2021, gay and bisexual men can donate blood, regardless of when they last had sex. Israel no longer quarantines MSM blood and treats all donors equally, requiring no extra screening beyond the standard process.
  • September 28
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    The Congress of Colima approved reforms to the state Penal Code to sanction whoever imparts, promotes, offers, applies, finances, submits or forces, with or without profit, another to receive conversion therapies . People who break the law will be sentenced to two to five years in prison and will receive 50 to 100 hours of work in favor of the community. This crime may be prosecuted ex officio.
  • September 24
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal with restrictions.
    On September 24, 2021, new guidelines were introduced. Men in monogamous relationships with men can donate blood with no deferral. However, men who have sex with men outside of a monogamous relationship still face a 4 month deferral.
  • September 23
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, no restrictions.
    Since 1988, with surgery requirements and two psychiatric diagnosis certificates. Since 2021, no surgery requirements case by a Taiwan court ruling
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The congress of Sonora has voted to legalize same sex marriage.
  • September 22
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The congress of Querétaro approved to legalize same sex marriage.
  • September 15
    Serving openly in military becomes illegal.
    Homosexuality is Illegal.
  • Censorship of LGBT issues becomes imprisonment as punishment.
    It is illegal and punishable by death to be homosexual in Afghanistan. Taliban is censoring LGBTQ+ topics because LGBTQ+ is illegal under Islamic Sharia Law.
  • Equal age of consent becomes n/a.
    As homosexuality is punishable By death in Kandahar , So Kandahar doesn't have age of consent for LGBTQ+.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes illegal.
    Homosexuality is Illegal.
  • September 1
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions (marriage rights).
    Registered partnerships,offering all of the rights, benefits and obligations of marriage, have been recognized in Aruba for different-sex and same-sex couples since 1 September 2021.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal with restrictions.
    Sanquin concluded from research that the risk of blood-borne infections is minimal, and any man in a monogamous relationship with another man has been able to become a blood donor with no deferral based off sexuality since September 1st, 2021.
  • August 25
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    The Yucatán Congress voted unanimously for prison sentences of up to three years for anyone administering conversion therapy treatment. Those who administer therapy on minors can be faced with up to six years of prison sentences.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The Yucatán Congress passed the marriage equality bill in a 20-5 vote margin.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    The Zacatecas Congress approved banning and sanctioning conversion therapies or ECOSIG (Efforts to Correct Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) almost on a par with Yucatan.
  • August 24
    Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes intersex only.
    Nationwide, expect in some states.
  • Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes intersex only.
    Nationwide, expect in some states.
  • Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes intersex only.
    Nationwide; expect in some states.
  • Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes intersex only.
    Nationwide; expect in some states.
  • Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes intersex only.
    Nationwide; expect in some states.
  • Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes intersex only.
    Nationwide; expect in some states.
  • Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes intersex only.
    Nationwide; expect in some states.
  • Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes intersex only.
    Nationwide; except in some states.
  • Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes intersex only.
    Nationwide; expect in some states.
  • Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes intersex only.
    Nationwide; expect in some states.
  • Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes intersex only.
    The Superior Administration of the Public Defender's Office of the State of Tocantins (DPE-TO) requested the Internal Affairs Department of Justice of Tocantins the regulation to include the "non-binary" gender in the civil registry for those who do not identify as female or male. However, for the moment, the government only recognizes intersex people as per federal legislation.
  • August 16
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Blood donation criteria brought in line with UK rules, after being delayed since June 2021.
  • August 15
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
    Homosexuality is Illegal.
  • Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    Nationwide.
  • Equal age of consent becomes ambiguous.
    Homosexuality is Illegal.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (indefinite deferral).
    Under the Taliban rule.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes illegal.
    Changing Gender is Haram in Islam.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (death penalty as punishment).
    Under Taliban rule.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes banned.
    Nationwide.
  • August 6
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    The Sexual Offences and Obscene Publications Act was revised to ban any therapy that attempts to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • August 5
    Serving openly in military becomes illegal.
    Homosexuality is Illegal.
  • August 3
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Under Chilean Law.
  • July 23
    Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes recognized.
    Recognized in Piauí such as in another states.
  • Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes intersex only.
    Intersex children have to be registered with an "unknown" gender on their birth certificate, has per the National Justice Council ruling. This means that Brazil at least recognizes intersex people federally. However in some states, non-binary people can also have the same registration.
  • July 21
    Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes recognized.
    Decree in place since july 21th of 2021 as of Presidential Decree N ° 476/21. Recognizing identities outside the male and female binomial by incorporating the nomenclature "X" in the National Identity Document as an option, for all people who do not identify themselves as male or female.
  • July 15
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions (marriage rights).
    In July 2020, the Parliament of Montenegro passed a bill to recognise life partnerships for same-sex couples and started recognising them in July 2021. The law also applies in Kološin.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    On July 15, The governor of Minnesota signed an executive order restricting conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth in the state.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions (limited rights).
    On July 1, 2020, the Parliament of Montenegro passed a bill to recognise life partnerships for same-sex couples and started recognising them in July 2021. Some articles need to be amended in order to give more rights to life partners.
  • July 14
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    On 14th July 2021, the law was changed so that MSMs were not singled out and instead the island follows a risk based assessment model. All islanders regardless of sexuality are asked about their sexual activity and a risk assessment is made.
  • June 30
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, no restrictions.
    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel declared unconstitutional a state law requiring sex-reassignment surgery to change the sex designation on a birth certificate.
  • June 28
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    The Government of Baja California Sur approved the 'Trans Identity Law' that prohibits conversion therapies and allows gender self-determination.
  • June 24
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, no restrictions.
    The Gender Recognition Act allows for LGBTQ people to change their gender on their drivers licenses or permits. Anyone over 17 is able to do so without a parent, Under 17 requires a parent. Gender Recognition Act was introduced in 2017 but was made law in 2021, and is still currently active. Gender Recognition Act repelled subdivision 1 of section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law, which requires an applicant for a driver license to submit proof of fitness. Driver's Licenses and Permits and Birth Certificates all have the X gender marker, this allows people of all genders to select the marker without repercussions.
  • June 15
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The legalization of same-sex marriage was approved in a unanimous vote in Sinaloa, however, a number of lawmakers abstained to vote.
  • June 14
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    The Channel Islands have passed a new law in keeping with the UK, saying that MSMs will not be asked if they have sex with men or not, and instead everyone donating blood will be asked the same set of questions about sexual activity regardless of sexuality and a risk assessment will be carried.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Men who have sex with men and who have had the same partner for 3 months or more and meet other eligibility criteria are able to give blood.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Donors of any gender will be asked about their recent sexual activity, and those who have only had one sexual partner within the last 3-months will be eligible to donate.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Donors of any gender will be asked about their recent sexual activity, and those who have only had one sexual partner within the last 3-months will be eligible to donate.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    The 3-month deferral for MSM has been dropped in England, Wales and Scotland. Instead, donors of any gender will be asked about their recent sexual activity, and those who have only had one sexual partner within the last 3-months will be eligible to donate. Northern Ireland is due to follow suit with these changes in September 2021.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    In line with England and UK.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    In line with UK rules.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Donors of any gender will be asked about their recent sexual activity, and those who have only had one sexual partner within the last 3-months will be eligible to donate.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Donors of any gender will be asked about their recent sexual activity, and those who have only had one sexual partner within the last 3-months will be eligible to donate.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    The 3-month deferral for MSM has been dropped in England, Wales and Scotland. Instead, donors of any gender will be asked about their recent sexual activity, and those who have only had one sexual partner within the last 3-months will be eligible to donate. Northern Ireland is due to follow suit with these changes in September 2021.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    On June 14, 2021, Michigan governor signed an executive order to prohibit the use of state and federal funds for conversion therapy practiced on minors. The state is looking at implementing a total ban.
  • June 12
    Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes recognized.
    Across the State as of June 2021 gender marker X was signed by Governor Hochul, The bill was first introduced in 2004, It was sitting in congress until 2021 then they made a motion to pass it. Assembly Bill A5465D, Gender Recognition Act.
  • June 8
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    On June 8, 2021, the Administrative Rules Committee voted to prohibit licensed social workers from practicing conversion therapy to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. This doesn't prevent religious leaders or non-licensed counselors from practicing it, however.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Under a section titled “Physical and Mental Health Professionals”, justice Venkatesh said healthcare professionals should offer support to LGBT+ people “who are facing stigma and discrimination from society”. However, he also prohibited “any attempt to medically ‘cure’ or change the sexual orientation of LGBTIQA+ people to heterosexual or the gender identity of transgender people to cisgender.” Justice Venkatesh also ordered the National Medical Commission, the Indian Psychiatric Society and the Rehabilitation Council of India to revoke the licence of any professionals who involve themselves “in any form or method of conversion ‘therapy'”.
  • June 7
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Nationwide.
  • June 1
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    New article 27a "Discrimination in Housing" was added to the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    On June 1, 2021, Wisconsin governor signed an executive order prohibiting state and federal funds being used for conversion therapy which aims to change a minor's sexual orientation or gender identity. Cities like Milwaukee and Lacrosse also have a complete ban on conversion therapy.
  • May 12
    Gender-affirming care becomes legal.
    Bill SB-5313 makes it Illegal for health insurers to deny or limit coverage for gender affirming treatment when that care is prescribed to an individual on the basis of a protected gender expression or identity, is medically necessary, and is prescribed in accordance with accepted standards of care.
  • May 3
    Equal age of consent becomes n/a.
    Not applicable since same-sex sexual relationships are illegal.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    In all of Finland.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    In all of Finland.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    In all of Finland.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    In all of Finland.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    In all of Finland.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    In all of Finland.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    In all of Finland.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    In all of Finland.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    In all of Finland (4 months).
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    In all of Finland (4 months).
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    In all of Finland (4 months).
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    In all of Finland (4 months).
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    In all of Finland (4 months).
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    In all of Finland (4 months).
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    In all of Finland (4 months).
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    In all of Finland (4 months).
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    In all of Finland (4 months).
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    In all of Finland (4 months).
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    In all of Finland.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    Since May 3, 2021, the deferral period has been reduced to four months.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (up to life in prison as punishment).
    The Sexual Offences Bill (2019), first tabled in 2015, criminalises sexual activity between persons of the same gender.
  • May 1
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (6-month deferral).
    A proposal was made for a 6-month deferral for MSMs by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare as early as 2006.
  • May
    Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes recognized.
    While making gender marker change on birth certificates available to transgender individuals, an X gender marker option was also added for non-binary individuals.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, no restrictions.
    Ohio's birth certificate law was struck down in December 2020 and judged discriminatory against transgender individuals. Thus, Ohio-born citizens will now be able to modify their gender marker. There is no specific requirement to modify the gender marker, since each court will have their own ruling, but it is advised that their requirement be as accessible as possible.
  • April 23
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Since 2021, Law on the recognition and protection of the rights of people in mental health care (Law 21.331) (2021) prohibits mental health professionals from diagnosing patients based on their sexual identity or orientation. In March 2023, the Ministry of Health issues Circular B2 No. 6 instructing all individual and institutional health providers, both public and private, the prohibition of the implementation of "conversion therapies" for not be valid clinical practices. It also states that diagnoses of mental health status cannot be based on criteria biasedly related to sexual orientation or gender identity and gender expression. The Senate approved the bill that modifies and strengthens Law No. 20,609, which establishes measures against discrimination, adding as arbitrary discrimination any act, practice and/or medical, psychological, psychiatric treatment or of any other nature that aims to modify the sexual orientation or gender identity and expression of a person or a group of people.
  • April 6
    Gender-affirming care becomes legal, but banned for minors.
    The state legislature passed the "Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act." This law prohibits any person under 18 from receiving gender-affirming care. The law passed despite a gubernatorial veto. This was the first ever bill passed in the United States that outlawed gender-affirming care for people under the age of 18.
  • March 25
    Intersex infant surgery becomes full ban.
    German law prohibits intersex surgery on infants. However, intersex rights campaigners have criticised the law for having too many loopholes caused by ambiguous wording and for not defining any penalties for those who perform unauthorised surgery.
  • March 16
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Nationwide
  • March 6
    Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes recognized.
    Prince Edward Island residents can change their IDs and birth certificate to a gender neutral marking.
  • March
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Banned by passing of Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020
  • February 26
    Serving openly in military becomes legal.
    Legalized in every state.
  • February 17
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Same-sex sexual activity was decriminalized in Bhutan on February 17, 2021.
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    The Penal Code Amendment Act of Bhutan 2021 decriminalised homosexual activity. The age of consent for all people is 18.
  • January 31
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    Since January 31, 2021, the deferral period has been reduced to three months.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    Since January 31, 2021, the deferral period has been lowered to three months.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    Since January 31, 2021, the deferral period has been reduced to three months.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    Since January 31, 2021, the deferral period has been reduced to three months.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    Since January 31, 2021, deferral time has been reduced to three months.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    Since January 31, 2021, the deferral time for MSMs has been reduced to three months.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    As of January 31 2021, Australian Red Cross’s Lifeblood service requires a 3-month deferral.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    Reduced to 3-months on Jan 31, 2021.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    Since January 31, 2021, the deferral period has been reduced to three months.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    Since January 31, 2021, the deferral period has been reduced to three months.
  • January 26
    Serving openly in military becomes legal.
    President Biden removed former President Trumps ban on transgender people serving in the military, transgender people are still allowed to serve as of 2024.
  • Serving openly in military becomes legal.
    On January 26, 2021 the Biden Administration made it so transgender individuals can openly serve in the military, 10 years after don’t ask don’t tell was repelled.
  • January 25
    Serving openly in military becomes varies by region.
    Biden administration overturns Trump administration's policy against transgender people serving in the military, however, Texas govt. Greg Abbot kept the ban in place for his state.
  • January 14
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Donors of any gender will be asked about their recent sexual activity, and those who have only had one sexual partner within the last 3-months will be eligible to donate.
  • January 1
    Intersex infant surgery becomes parental approval required.
    Under French law.
  • (date unknown)
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (less than 6-month deferral).
    In Australia sexually active LGBT people are unable to donate blood unless they abstain from sex for three months. Since 2021, the deferral period within Australia was reduced from 1 year to 3 months without PrEP. In June 2023, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved a submission from Australian Red Cross Lifeblood calling to remove most sexual activity ineligibility criteria for plasma donors.
  • January 1
    Censorship of LGBT issues becomes fine as punishment.
    The government has passed laws banning LGBTQ+ topics from schools. It also made stores wrap books with LGBTQ+ content in them in a wrapper. By law there cannot be any LGBTQ+ content containing books near 200 meters of schools or churches. This law has been enforced before.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    Since January of 2021, the Red Cross in Luxembourg has been accepting all donors without discrimination regarding their sexual orientation. They no longer ask donors about their lifelong sexual practices, they only ask donors about their sexual practices during the last twelve months before donation.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes illegal.
    Bill No.121 was passed in 2021, the bill was criticzed as cruel and banned same-sex couples from adopting children, but allowed single parents to adopt. Single LGBT individuals may be able to adopt under this technicality.
  • (date unknown)
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Article 212 of the Penal Code bans acts of discrimination based on all settings
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes gender identity only.
    According to ILGA: Since 2021, Article 7 of Law on Promotion of Access to Formal Employment for Transvestites, Transsexuals and Transgender Persons (Law No. 27,636) expressly prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of "gender identity and gender expression".
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Article 212 of the Penal Code criminalises acts of discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, health, education and in the provision of goods and services.
  • January
    Same-sex marriage becomes varies by region.
    Cambodian national law does not recognize same sex marriage. Some provinces have begun recognizing lesbian partnerships as marriages. As of June 2021, same sex relationship recognition offering limited legal rights known as "declaration of family relationship" was available in 68 Communes.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 2021

  • Intersex Greece FaviconIntersex Greece
    Intersex Greece is a nationwide collective of intersex adults, parents of intersex children, supportive individuals and related professionals located in Greece. Intersex Greece…
  • Rainbow Tarnow FaviconRainbow Tarnow
    Rainbow Tarnów was initiated to create a safe space for LGBTQAIP+ people from Tarnów and the surrounding area. The assosiation was inspired by the traumatic events for the…
  • Gibraltar LGBTQ+ Committee  FaviconGibraltar LGBTQ+ Committee
    The Gibraltar LGBTQ+ committee was created to promote and support LGBTQ+ rights and issues in Gibraltar. Founded in 2021, the committee's mission is to raise awareness, provide…