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.

Latest maps, charts and datasets

Download the 2017 maps

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

 

Overview

This map is also available in Spanish | in French | in Russian | in Arabic | in Chinese 

 

 

Criminalisation

This map is also available in Spanish | in French | in Russian | in Arabic | in Chinese 

 

Protection

This map is also available in Spanish | in French | in Russian | in Arabic | in Chinese

Recognition

This map is also available in Spanish | in French | in Russian | in Arabic | in Chinese 

  

Download the 2017 charts

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
нарусском: 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

 

Previous editions

ILGA has been publishing maps on sexual orientation laws every year, producing them in various languages to reach out for more communities around the world.

This would have not been possible without the collaboration of various organisations, which either requested and funded the adaptation of the maps, or/and collaborated in their translation and proofreading.

These maps were previously called Lesbian and Gay Rights Maps, and you can find some of their pre-2017 editions below.

 

Overview map - sexual orientation laws (2016)

Maps | sexual orientation laws

Protection map - sexual orientation laws (2016)

Maps | sexual orientation laws

Recognition map - sexual orientation laws (2016)

Maps | sexual orientation laws

Overview map - sexual orientation laws (2015)

Maps | sexual orientation laws

Overview map - sexual orientation laws (2014)

Maps | sexual orientation laws

Overview map - sexual orientation laws (2012)

Maps | sexual orientation laws

Overview map - sexual orientation laws (2013)

Maps | sexual orientation laws