This year, the LGBTQ community has been received great strides, and governments across the world have taken several measures that support the community.
Some of the governments have taken regressive laws for the community whereas some others have introduced laws that support the community to make their life easier.
Here are the countries that took certain decisions that made the LGBTQ community feel more inclusive:
- The US lifts ban on trans people in the Military: There was a trans-era pentagon policy in the US that was taken off by the newly appointed US President Joe Biden. In the policy, trans people were restricted to join the army at any cost. However, with the intervention of Joe Biden, the decision has been revoked. The order by Biden said that gender equality should not be a block to military service.
- Although Hungary and Poland have faced a lot of criticism for their LGBTQ stance, the members of the EU parliament declared the EU to be an “LGBTIQ Freedom Zone”. The statement by the Eu read, “ The LGBTIQ persons everywhere in the EU should enjoy the freedom to live and publicly show their sexual orientation and gender identity without fear of discrimination.
- In Mexico, the state, Sinaloa finally passed a law that legalizes same-sex marriage after several disputes. Other states in Mexico have also taken steps that favor the LGBTQ community.
- The government of Switzerland took the decision to allow couples of same-sex to get married from July 1 next year. According to results provided by the Swiss federal chancellery in September, 64.1 percent of voters voted in favor of same-sex marriage in a nationwide referendum. From July 1, 2022, couples will be allowed to marry or convert their registered partners.
- In a historic move, the Latin American country Chile legalized same-sex marriage. The legislation, overwhelmingly approved by parliament on December 7 also enables gay couples to adopt children. President Sebastián Piñera supported the bill and he was the one to sign the law. However, criticisms were raised by members of his conservative coalition. When the results of the vote were announced, almost all of the congress gave a standing ovation.
- New Zealand in their move allowed trans people to update their sex on birth certificates. A new law passed means that they can make any changes without providing evidence of a medical procedure. Canada has formally banned conversion therapy, the widely discredited practice aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The new law makes it a crime to subject a person of any age, consenting or not to such treatment.