LGBTQ+ Progress in Malta
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Malta are of the highest standards, even by comparison to other European countries, according to the United Nations.
Throughout the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the rights of the LGBT community received more awareness and same-sex sexual activity became legal in 1973, with an equal age of consent. Malta has been recognized for providing a high degree of liberty to its LGBT citizens.
In October 2015, the European region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe) ranked Malta 1st in terms of LGBT rights out of 49 observed European countries.
Malta is one of the only few countries in the world to have made LGBT rights equal at a constitutional level. In 2016, Malta became the first country in the European Union to ban conversion therapy.
1973: Decriminalisation of same-sex sexual activity
2002: LGB people allowed to serve openly in the military
2004: Anti-discrimination laws in employment
2013: Grounds for Asylum Protection
2014: Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods, services, indirect discrimination, hate speech and those concerning gender identity.
2014: Recognition of same-sex couples and adoptions through civil-unions
2015: Right to change legal gender
2015: Intersex minors protected from invasive surgical procedures
2016: Conversion Therapy banned
2017: Marriage equality came into force
2017: Third-Gender option
2018: IVF Laws revisions allow lesbian couples to make use of such a service
2019: Blood donation by men who have sex with men is permissible provided that a 1 year deferrement period is applied
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