Maps - Sexual orientation laws


Maps | sexual orientation laws

Every year, along with the State-Sponsored Homophobia report, ILGA World publishes also maps of sexual orientation laws in the world.

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.

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This map is supported by the data collected in State-Sponsored Homophobia 2019: Global Legislation Overview Update (published in December 2019) and incorporates some of the legal developments that took place since then, including civil partnerships in Monaco, marriage equality in Costa Rica, protection against discrimination in employment in all 50 states in the United States of America and the unfortunate repeal of the antidiscrimination law in North Macedonia.

This map can be reproduced and printed without permission as long as ILGA World is properly credited and the content is not altered. 

 ILGA World sexual orientation laws map


Download the ILGA World map on sexual orientation laws in 20 languages

The map is presented in two formats: a vectorized PDF file that can be used for printing in any size without any loss of quality
and a hi-res PNG file in case you wish to use it in any digital platform


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ILGA World would like to thank  Ishmael Bahati, Patrick Berguer, Philipp Braun, Nate Brown, Julia Ehrt, Gabriel Galil, Ming Huey Wong,  Dowha Kim, Paula Klik, Enrique López de la Peña, Grégory Macé, Akira Nishiyama, Daniele Paletta, Ilia, Yarinda Srisutat, Facundo Ortíz, Anh Vu Lieu, Leon Van den Berg and Björn Van Roozendaal  for their assistance in translating the maps.


Download the dataset of 2019

Previous datasets: 2017 2016


Previous editions

ILGA World 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-2019 editions below.