|"LGBT rights in "Iceland "|
|"Same-sex sexual activity legal status||Legal since 1940,
age of consent equalized in 1992
|"Gender identity/"expression||Transgender people allowed to change gender without surgery|
|"Military service||"No standing army|
|"Discrimination protections||Sexual orientation and gender identity protections (see below)|
|"Same-sex marriage since 2010|
|"Adoption||Both full joint and stepchild adoption allowed|
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in "Iceland are very progressive. In February 2009, a minority government took office, headed by "Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the world's first openly "gay "head of government in "modern times. The "Icelandic Parliament amended the country's marriage law on 11 June 2010 to define marriage as between two individuals, thereby making same-sex marriage legal. The law took effect on 27 June 2010. Also, since 2006, "same-sex couples have had equal access to adoption and IVF. Iceland is frequently referred to as one of the most LGBT-friendly countries in the world.
On 23 March 2010, the Government presented a bill, which would allow same-sex couples to marry. On 11 June 2010, Parliament unanimously approved the bill 49 to 0. The law took effect on 27 June.
On 27 June 2006, Icelandic same-sex couples became eligible to a range of laws including public access to IVF insemination treatment and joint adoption of children. Stepchild adoption (where someone can adopt their partner's biological child) has been legal in Iceland since 2000.
In 1996, the Althing passed amendments to the Icelandic Penal Code, adding sexual orientation to the country's non-discrimination law. This made it illegal to fire or deny a promotion to someone based solely on their sexual orientation, to refuse people goods or services on account of their sexual orientation, or to attack a person or group of people publicly with mockery, defamation, abuse or threats because of their sexual orientation.
Since 2008, it has been illegal to discriminate against people on the basis of their sexual orientation in education.
In 2014, the Parliament approved an amendment to the Penal Code, adding gender identity to the list of anti-discrimination grounds.
In November 2016, a committee, that "Welfare Minister "Eygló Harðardóttir founded in 2014, advised the Icelandic Parliament to pass a general discrimination law. Such a law would include protections on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics.
On 11 June 2012, the "Icelandic Parliament voted in favor of a new law relaxing rules surrounding gender identity and allowing comprehensive recognition regarding recognition of acquired gender and enacting gender identity protections. These laws were enacted on 27 June 2012. The laws state that the "National University Hospital of Iceland ("Icelandic: Landspítali - háskólasjúkrahús) is obligated to create a department dedicated to diagnosing "gender dysphoria, as well as performing "sex reassignment surgery (SRS). After successfully completing an 18-month process, including living 12 months in accordance their gender, applicants appear before a committee of professionals. If the committee determines that a diagnosis of GID is appropriate, the National Registry is informed and the applicant chooses a new name to reflect their gender and is issued a new ID-number ("kennitala) and ID. "Sex reassignment surgery is not required for an official name change and gender recognition.
In 2014, a man in Iceland filed a lawsuit against the blood ban, describing the current policy as a clear example of discrimination.
A February 2000 "Gallup opinion poll showed that 53% of Icelanders supported lesbians’ and gay men’s right to adopt children, 12% declared their neutrality and 35% were against the right to adopt.
A July 2004 Gallup poll showed that 87% of Icelanders supported same-sex marriage.
In May 2015, "PlanetRomeo, an LGBT social network, published its first Gay Happiness Index (GHI). Gay men from over 120 countries were asked about how they feel about society’s view on homosexuality, how do they experience the way they are treated by other people and how satisfied are they with their lives. Iceland was ranked first with a GHI score of 79.
Despite its small population, "Reykjavík has a visible "gay scene, with a few bars and cafés, and some places with a mixed gay and straight crowd. Elsewhere in Iceland, however, the sparse population means there is no gay scene. "Akureyri, the biggest city outside the capital area, doesn't have any gay bars, despite the town having a population of about 17,700.
"Gay pride parades in Iceland are usually held in August, and are among Iceland's biggest annual events. In 2015, about 100,000 attended the Reykjavík Pride event, representing about 30% of the Icelandic population. In 2016, Icelandic President "Guðni Th. Jóhannesson participated in the Reykjavik Pride Parade, making him the first Icelandic President to attend a gay pride parade.
|Same-sex sexual activity legal||"" (Since 1940)|
|Equal age of consent||"" (Since 1992)|
|Anti-discrimination laws in employment||"" (Since 1996)|
|Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services||"" (Since 1996)|
|Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech)||"" (Since 1996)|
|Anti-discrimination laws concerning gender identity||"" (Since 2014)|
|Same-sex marriage||"" (Since 2010)|
|Recognition of same-sex unions||"" (Since 1996)|
|Stepchild adoption by same-sex couples||"" (Since 2000)|
|Joint adoption by same-sex couples||"" (Since 2006)|
|LGBT people allowed to serve openly in the military||"No standing army|
|Right to change legal gender||""|
|Conversion therapy on minors outlawed||""|
|Equal access to IVF for all couples and automatic parenthood for both spouses after birth||"" (Since 2006)|
|Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples||"" (Illegal for all couples regardless of sexual orientation)|
|"MSMs allowed to donate blood||"" (Proposed)|
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