Norway: Make ‘Hateful’ Comments About Transgender People, Even in Private, And Spend Up to a Year in Prison On Tuesday, Norway’s parliament outlawed hate speech against transgender and bisexual people, extending its penal code that has protected gay and lesbian people since 1981. Now, even people speaking in private could be punished for the offensive use of the terms “gender”, “gender identity” or “gender expression” with up to a year in prison, including for offensive comments directed at transgender people. The new law also tightens up criminal penalties by allowing up to three years in prison for public comments that are allegedly discriminatory against trans people. With the new legislation, the Norwegian Parliament has expanded and substantially tightened the anti-discrimination law of 1981. In the law, deputies replaced the term “homosexual orientation” with “sexual orientation”.