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 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 2020: Global Legislation Overview Update (published in December 2020).

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


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Previous datasets: 2019 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.