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Maps | sexual orientation laws

Maps | sexual orientation laws

Every year, along with the State-Sponsored Homophobia report, ILGA publishes also maps of sexual orientation laws in the world. Starting from 2016, a single overview map has evolved into a unique set of maps to separately chart where criminalisation, protection and recognition laws are enacted.

A useful tool for LGB human rights defenders, these images expose the arbitrariness of persecutory laws, and starkly indicate the absence of positive law in most parts of the world.

In this section:

EDIT (May 19) –  In an earlier version of the report,  Slovenia was listed as a State with marriage equality: however, it only has strong partnership legislation. Entries on the country were amended to reflect that. References to the Penal Code of Iran were updated to reflect amendments that came into force in 2015.

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in English: Overview | Criminalisation | Protection | Recognition
in Spanish: Mapa general | Criminalización | Protección | Reconocimiento
in French: Vue d’ensemble | Criminalisation | Protection | Reconnaissance
in Russian: Overview | Criminalisation | Protection | Recognition
in Arabic: Overview | Criminalisation | Protection | Recognition
in Chinese: Overview | Criminalisation | Protection | Recognition

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Click on the images below to open maps as images, or click on the links above to download them in .pdf at high resolution.






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These overview charts illustrate comparative situations of various regions of the world.

in English: Africa | Americas | Asia | Europe | Oceania
en Español: Africa | Americas | Asia | Europe | Oceania
en Français: Africa | Americas | Asia | Europe | Oceania
на русском: Africa | Americas | Asia | Europe | Oceania
用中文(表达: Africa | Americas | Asia | Europe | Oceania
بالعربية: Africa | Americas | Asia | Europe | Oceania

Download the 2017 dataset

Click here to download the ILGA sexual orientation legal dataset (May 2017)
Previous datasets: 2016