This article is about current LGBT rights around the world. For historical and current movements to further LGBT rights, see LGBT social movements.

Laws affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people vary greatly by country or territory—everything from legal recognition of same-sex marriage or other types of partnerships, to the death penalty as punishment for same-sex romantic/sexual activity or identity.

LGBT rights are considered human rights[1] and civil rights.[2] LGBT rights laws include, but are not limited to, the following:

Anti-LGBT laws include, but are not limited to, the following: sodomy laws penalizing consensual same-sex sexual activity with fines, jail terms, or the death penalty; anti-"lesbianism" laws; and higher ages of consent for same-sex activity.

In 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed its first resolution recognizing LGBT rights, which was followed up with a report from the UN Human Rights Commission documenting violations of the rights of LGBT people, including hate crime, criminalization of homosexuality, and discrimination. Following up on the report, the UN Human Rights Commission urged all countries which had not yet done so to enact laws protecting basic LGBT rights.[3][4]

LGBT-related laws by country or territory


Main article: LGBT rights in Africa

The Americas


Main article: LGBT rights in Asia


Main article: LGBT rights in Europe



  1. About LGBT Human Rights. Amnesty International. Retrieved on 29 March 2013.
  2. Becker, John (23 March 2012). LGBT Rights Are Civil Rights. Huffington Post. Retrieved on 29 March 2013.
  3. Jordans, Frank. "U.N. Gay Rights Protection Resolution Passes, Hailed As 'Historic Moment'", 17 June 2011. 
  4. UN issues first report on human rights of gay and lesbian people. United Nations (15 December 2011).

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