2023 in LGBT Rights

This year, there were 6 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 107 changes made. A total of 391 legal changes have been made so far in the 2020s.

  • July 1
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (3-month deferral).
    Starting July 1 2023, MSM who would like to donate blood face a 4-month deferral period.
  • June 15
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Law was changed under the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 2021 which comes into effect on 15 June 2023. This will allow gender self-identification and mean that you will not need to go through the Family Court to change your nominated sex/gender, and you will not require evidence of medical treatment to do so either.
  • April 1
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    On April 1 2023, the Transfusion Act (Transfusionsgesetz, TFG) will be amended to fully remove restrictions on blood donations by MSMs. Accordingly, the amendment to the law will oblige the German Medical Association to subsequently adapt the blood donation guidelines within four months in agreement with the Paul Ehrlich Institute, Germany’s medical regulatory body.
  • March 1
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    A new legislation lifted the former requirements for gender-affirming surgery and sterilization in order to legally change one’s gender. Recognition will be available for adults upon written application after a mandatory 30-day "period of reflection". Minors under the age of 18 are not allowed to change their gender status. The new law comes in effect on March 1st 2023.
  • February 17
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    On July 21, 2022, the Andorran government voted a law stating that transgender people can change their gender without medical intervention. The law is expected to take effect in 2023, but no date has been announced yet.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    On July 21, 2022, the Andorran government passed a law granting marriage rights to same-sex couples in the country. The law is expected to take effect in 2023, but no date has been announced yet.