2022 in LGBT Rights

This year, there were 36 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 53 changes made. A total of 194 legal changes have been made so far in the 2020s.

  • September 30
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Following Canadian Blood Services guidelines.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Following the Canadian Blood Services guidelines.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Following Canadian Blood Services guidelines.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Following Canadian Blood Services guidelines.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Following Canadian Blood Services guidelines.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Following Canadian Blood Services guidelines.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Following Canadian Blood Services guidelines.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Following Canadian Blood Services guidelines.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Following Canadian Blood Services guidelines.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Following Canadian Blood Services guidelines.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Following the Canadian Blood Services guidelines, men who have sex with men will be allowed to donate on September 30, 2022 and onwards without a deferral.
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    After having a 3 month deferral for gay people to donate blood was deemed unfair, it is now completely legal for gays to donate blood with no deferral as long as they tested negative for HIV. (Which everyone has to do before donating blood, regardless of sexuality.)
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    Following the Canadian Blood Services guidelines.
  • July 1
    Censorship of LGBT Issues becomes state-enforced.
    ‘Don’t say gay’ inspired law going to affect mississippi schools starting in the 2022-23 school year.
  • Censorship of LGBT Issues becomes state-enforced.
    Public Schools are now required to not mention anything lgbt related, especially at elementary schools, a law very similar to what florida is doing along with some other southern states.
  • Censorship of LGBT Issues becomes state-enforced.
    AL HB322 mandates that: An individual or group of individuals providing classroom instruction to students in kindergarten through the fifth grade at a public K-12 school shall not engage in classroom discussion or provide classroom instruction regarding sexual orientation or gender identity in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules for the implementation and enforcement of this section. It was signed by Gov. Kay Ivey on April 7th 2022 and will go into effect on the first day of the third month following said signature.
  • Censorship of LGBT Issues becomes state-enforced.
    Florida HB 1557 bans discussions of sexuality and gender identity in public schools. It also prohibits districts from withholding information from parents unless they believe it may result in abuse/neglect. It also mandates parents to screen any health questionnaires before the school year begins. Districts that violate this policy can be sued for statutory damages and court fees.
  • June 26
    Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes recognized.
    Vermont-born residents can change their gender marker to an X on their birth certificate.
  • June 17
    Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes recognized.
    Starting June 17 2022, Quebecers can change their gender marker to an X on their birth certificate, free of charge and with no consulting required. They can also be classified as a parent rather than a mother or father on their child's birth certificate.
  • May 26
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Despite not having same-sex marriage, Croatia allows joint adoption for same-sex couples. This follows a six-year legal battle which was finally settled when the High Administrative Court rejected an appeal by a government ministry against an earlier ruling by the Zagreb court. The ministry can no longer appeal this verdict.
  • May 23
    Right to change legal gender becomes ambiguous.
    Montana will no longer amend sex markers on birth certificates, unless biological sex was "marked wrong" at birth.
  • May 11
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    The amendment, introduced in the context of the bill on the "Personal Doctor", introduces a ban on so-called "treatments or conversion practices", ie methods aimed at changing or suppressing the sexual orientation, the gender identity or expression of an LGBT+ individual. The amendment, however, does not include adults who, as stated in Parliament, can undergo conversion therapy with their consent. There is also no mention of people practicing these therapies other than specialists, leaving a legal loophole for spiritual leaders and priests. The LGBT+ organizations protested and demanded the inclusion of all the above
  • May 10
    Conversion therapy becomes ambiguous.
    In May 10, 2022 the Greek Minister of Health, Thanos Plevris submitted an amendment to the bill for the “personal doctor”, based on article 1 of which institutes the prohibition of practical conversions to vulnerable individuals by professionals. With the term "professionals" the amendment defines those who receive remuneration to proceed with such "treatments", leaving a legal gap in practices e.g. of the Church, such as exorcism or other covert practices, which do not involve remuneration. Also, the term "vulnerable" means minors or those who are under legal assistance. At the same time, the provision prohibits professionals from inviting, promoting or advertising conversion practices performed by themselves or other third parties, professionals or not. Violation of the law in addition to the prescribed disciplinary and administrative sanctions, will be punished with imprisonment and a fine, while the repeated commission of the above act constitutes an aggravating circumstance.
  • April 5
    Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes recognized.
    A alteração do sistema de identificação civil do Detran permitindo a inclusão do gênero “não binarie” é de extrema importância para a afirmação da existência destas pessoas. A partir desta alteração, outros órgãos públicos perceberão a necessidade de adequação dos seus sistemas. É uma medida de inclusão social e reconhecimento de direitos.
  • March 16
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    In 2022, France removed the deferral period for gay and bi men donating blood, replacing it with a new policy that applies to all donors, regardless of sexual orientation.
  • February 19
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    With 112 affirmative votes and 8 opposed votes, the Parliament of New Zealand passed the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Act, banning conversion therapy on February 15, 2022, which took partial effect on February 19, 2022, with the remaining protections for those over 18 with "decision-making" capacity where "serious harm" has not been caused will take effect on July 19, 2022.
  • February
    Legal recognition of non-binary gender becomes recognized.
    The Constitutional Court of Columbia ruled that a non-binary person was entitled to a birth certificate and identity card with a "no binario"/"NB" sex marker.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes ambiguous.
    As of February, Oklahoma does not correct gender markers on birth certificates anymore.
  • January 27
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Banned under bill 483
  • January 25
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    The National Assembly approved the new law unanimously, voting 142-0 on Tuesday evening.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    As part of France
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    As part of France
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    In all of France
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    In all of France
  • January 10
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    In January 10, 2022 the Greek Minister of Health, Thanos Plevris, and the Deputy Minister of Health, Mina Gaga signed the determination of the content of the "Blood Donor History". In the new form, sexual orientation is disconnected from the criteria that must be met by prospective blood donors.
  • January 7
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Conversion therapy in Canada is banned nationwide under bill C-4(44-1) which recieved Royal Assent on December 8th 2021 and went into effect 30 days after on January 7th 2022. Two previous legislative attempts failed.