In 2022, LGBTQ Rights Were Advanced Around Seven Times
In 2022, LGBTQ rights were advancedand LGBTQ+ community won significant legal protections all around the globe, from New Zealand to Greece and Zimbabwe. LGBTQ+ couples, intersex kids, persons living with HIV, and othershave won successes thanks to the tireless efforts of activists and pro-LGBTQ+ lawmakers.
There is still a long way to go until the LGBTQ+ community achieves full equality, even in nations where there have been substantial advancements in this area. In spite of this, it is critical to honor the successes. These seven events are being held throughout the world this year and are open to the LGBTQ+ community.
By approving gender self-identification proposals, Scotland has become the first UK county to make it simpler for people aged 16 and 17 to legally transition. There has been much rejoicing over this "historic day for equality," as MSPs in Scotland voted in favor of the plans by 86 to 39.
There was a near-unanimous vote in favor of protecting LGBTQ youth from 'conversion therapy' in New Zealand around the beginning of 2022. In response to the Bill's introduction in 2021, Reuters reports that over 107,000 comments were submitted.
As stated by the New Zealand Herald, it is now an illegal conduct conversion techniques on a child or young person aged under 18, or on someone with impaired decision-making ability. Such offenses would be punishable by up to three years in jail, and up to five years if substantial injury was committed, regardless of age.
In October, the Irish Cabinet approved a law that would impose up to five years in prison on anybody found guilty of inciting hate or violence against another person on the basis of their gender presentation or identity.
Sex between males is no longer illegal in Singapore after the country removed section 377A from its penal code in August. While there is undoubtedly progress, Prime Minister Lee Hsien has said that there would be no more changes to the country's LGBTQ laws as a result of this triumph.
I believe (repeal) is the right thing to do, and something that most Singaporeans will now accept. This will bring the law into line with current social mores, and I hope, provide some relief to gay Singaporeans.- Singapore PM Lee
At the beginning of the year, Greece finally ended a decades-long prohibition on gay males giving blood. HealthMinister Thanos Plevris and Deputy Health Minister Mina Gaga issued a regulation requiring all potential blood donors to register their information. Newly revised document removes restriction on blood donations from males who engage in same-sex sexual activity.
The Supreme Administrative Court of Poland issued a ruling back in November that allowed Polish persons in same-sex partnerships who were married in other countries to have their marriage recognized in Poland.
The spread of HIV has been made legal in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe undertook a legal evaluation in 2019 and found that making HIV transmission illegal discouraged people from seeking medical attention. It has made historyby being the first African country to legalize an HIV preventive medicine.
There were 99 changes to the law that were noted to have been enacted in 2022 that affected LGBTQ persons. The year before last saw 128 different adjustments made, whereas the year after that only saw three.
Despite the increase in anti-LGBTQ discourse that occurred in 2022, crucial rights were won for the LGBTQ community all around the world. Even if there is still a significant amount of work still to be done, we should nonetheless celebrate the successes that have been earned because to the hard work of activists and legislators that are supportive of LGBTQ rights.