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Same-sex Relations for Men Legal Throughout the Country?


Same-sex Relations for Women Legal Throughout the Country?


Legal Gender Recognition Possible?


LGBTI Orgs Able to Register?


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In Mexico, laws about the rights of LGBTIQ people vary by state. For example, many states have adopted laws permitting legal gender recognition, but others have not. In 2022, the first nonbinary legal gender marker was awarded to a person in Guanajuato, Mexico. Mexico’s constitution prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, and since 2022, same-sex marriage has been legal in all of Mexico’s 32 states. In 2010, the Mexican Supreme Court also ruled that a state law banning same-sex couples from adopting children was unconstitutional, setting a legal precedent. Social conditions for LGBTIQ people also vary across the country. The Catholic Church significantly impacts social and cultural norms around gender and sexuality, and several anti-LGBTIQ Catholic groups oppose legislation striving for full equality for LGBTIQ people. Discrimination and hate crimes remain significant issues for LGBTIQ people. Despite these challenges, LGBTIQ Mexicans are experiencing greater acceptance and visibility, and a majority of Mexicans have been found to support the legalization of same-sex marriage and believe that society should accept “homosexuality.” 


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Sub-Saharan Africa

Outright supports LGBTIQ organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa and works with mainstream human rights organizations to respect human rights and influence positive changes in laws, policies, attitudes and beliefs that cause discrimination against LGBTIQ people.

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United Nations

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Our work in Asia promotes acceptance of sexual and gender diversity at all levels of society.

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Middle East and North Africa

In the Middle East and North Africa, we partner with local groups in various countries as part of our international solidarity work. We also work with our local partners on different topics through capacity building, advocacy, research and holistic security.

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Europe and Central Asia

Outright International partners with activists to fight for an end to human rights violations based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in Europe and Central Asia, where most of our work involves emergency responses to harassment, discrimination, violence, and most recently, Russia’s brutal and expanded invasion of Ukraine.

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Our work in the Americas continues to build on the fundamental and positive transformation of human rights protections in recent years. We partner with groups in the Caribbean that focus on ending gender-based violence and eradicating discrimination against trans people.

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Our work in the Pacific aims to increase the visibility of activists, respond to human rights emergencies, and actively bridge local, regional, and international activism to achieve equality and justice.

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