• Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
  • Marriage
    ✔ Legal
  • Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, but requires surgery
  • Adoption
    Varies by Region
  • Discrimination
    Illegal in some contexts
  • Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
  • Housing Discrimination
    Varies by Region
  • Military
    ✔ Legal
  • Age of Consent
    Varies by Region
  • Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
  • Conversion Therapy
    Varies by Region

Public Opinion

"Should Society Accept Homosexuality?"

United States ranks #13 out of 39 countries surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, June 4, 2013)
(33%) No
Yes (60%)

History

Homosexual activity in United States

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Current status
(since Jun 26, 2003)
Legal
Homosexual activity is legal in the United States.
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Same-sex marriage in United States

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Current status
(since Jun 26, 2015)
Legal
In a ruling by the US Supreme Court, all 50 states must now issue marriage licenses for same sex couples and recognize same-sex marriages performed in any state.
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Jun 26, 2013–Jun 26, 2015
Varies by Region
Legal status is extremely variable based on the individual state. Recognized at a Federal level, but not in all states, for all intents and purposes except Social Security. Social Security is based on the state of residence's recognition of marital status.
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Right to change legal gender in United States

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Current status
(since Jun 2013)
Legal, but requires surgery
From a Federal standpoint, you can change your gender with proof that you have undergone treatment for a gender change (surgery no longer required in any agency as of June 2013)
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Jan 1, 2013–Sep 6, 2018
Legal, surgery not required
Under federal law. Pending nationwide. Non binary options on documents pending.
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Same-sex adoption in United States

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Apr 1, 1986–Sep 20, 2018
Legal
Under Federal law. Almost Nationwide.
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LGBT discrimination in United States

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Jan 1, 2011–Aug 7, 2018
Illegal in some contexts
sexual orientation and gender identity considered an aggravated circumstance. Sexual orientation and gender identity is covered under the Matthew Shepard and James Bird Act under subsection (a)2 . Nationwide state employment anti-discrimination laws pending. Nationwide employment Discrimination protection pending. Nationwide hate crime law pending.
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Current status
(since Jan 2011)
Illegal in some contexts
In all Federal positions, discrimination based on sexual orientation is against the law in instances related to work and employment. In non-federal government jobs, it is based on the state's laws as no federal protections currently exist for non-employees. Additionally, even federal employees could face discrimination unrelated to work in areas of life such as housing, health care, etc. In fact, many groups are advocating the repeal of protections or the introduction of laws to permit discrimination.
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LGBT employment discrimination in United States

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Current status
(since Jul 16, 2015)
Sexual orientation and gender identity
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that “[A]llegations of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation necessarily state a claim of discrimination on the basis of sex”, and are barred by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This ruling applies at both the state and federal level.

Furthermore, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled on April 20, 2012 that an employer who discriminates against an employee or applicant on the basis of the person’s gender identity is violating the prohibition on sex discrimination contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Apr 20, 2012–Jul 16, 2015
N/A
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled on April 20, 2012 that an employer who discriminates against an employee or applicant on the basis of the person’s gender identity is violating the prohibition on sex discrimination contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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Jul 16, 2005–Aug 9, 2018
Sexual orientation and gender identity
National state discrimination protection pending. National Hate Crime Law Pending.
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Current status
No protections
At this time the Federal government has made no laws preventing discrimination at a national level to all employers, but the EEOC does prevent it in Federal government jobs. Since the federal government has no laws protecting public and private sector employees, it is marked as no protections since this designation fits more in line with how this classification is used in other regions. However, the US does have states and cities where discrimination is illegal for all employers.
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LGBT housing discrimination in United States

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Current status
Varies by Region
Housing protections are administered at nearly all levels of government for housing -- if at all. From local city ordinances to federal law, protections are very scattered, and in general, few explicit laws exist to provide housing protections.
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Sexual orientation and gender identity

  1. Utah 2015
  2. Guam 2015
  3. Delaware 2013
  4. Puerto Rico 2013
  5. California 2006
  6. Washington 2006
  7. New Mexico 2003
  8. Minnesota 1993
  9. Maryland
  10. Washington, D.C.
  11. New Jersey
  12. Connecticut
  13. Connecticut
  14. Rhode Island
  15. Massachusetts
  16. Vermont
  17. Maine
  18. Illinois
  19. Nevada
  20. Oregon
  21. Colorado
  22. Iowa
  23. New York
  24. Hawaii
  25. U.S. Virgin Islands
  26. Northern Mariana Islands
  27. United States Minor Outlying Islands

Sexual orientation only

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Wisconsin

No protections

  1. Kansas 2000
  2. North Dakota
  3. Kentucky
  4. Texas
  5. Florida
  6. Mississippi
  7. Georgia
  8. Alabama
  9. North Carolina
  10. South Carolina
  11. Tennessee
  12. West Virginia
  13. Virginia
  14. Pennsylvania
  15. Ohio
  16. Michigan
  17. Michigan
  18. Indiana
  19. Louisiana
  20. Arkansas
  21. Oklahoma
  22. Missouri
  23. South Dakota
  24. Nebraska
  25. Wyoming
  26. Montana
  27. Idaho
  28. Arizona
  29. Alaska

Ambiguous

  1. American Samoa

Homosexuals serving openly in military in United States

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Current status
(since Jul 1, 2016)
Legal
The US Army repealed the ban to serve for openly transgender individuals
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Sep 20, 2011–Jul 1, 2016
Lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned
Lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals are permitted to serve openly in the military, however, transgender individuals are still banned.
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Dec 21, 1993–Sep 20, 2011
Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Don't Ask, Don't Tell was the historic compromise signed by President Bill Clinton authorizing people who are LGBT to serve in the military provided they didn't disclose sexuality. The law also removed the ability for others in the military from asking for a service member's orientation.
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Blood donations by MSMs in United States

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Dec 21, 2015–Sep 8, 2018
Legal
No restrictions in donating blood.
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Current status
(since Dec 21, 2015)
Banned (1-year deferral)
After a series of recommendations, the FDA has moved to a 12 months degerral
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1983–Dec 21, 2015
Banned (indefinite deferral)
Though the deferral impacts all MSMs who have had sex with a man since 1977, the policy did not go into effect until 1983. The policy applied retroactively to 1977.
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Conversion therapy in United States

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Jan 1, 2018–Jun 21, 2018
Varies by Region
illegal under federal law under the therapeutic fraud act signed under Obama.
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Current status
Varies by Region
Conversion therapy is legal in every US state except CA and NJ. Can't Convert Love is the sole organization whose sole mission is banning conversion therapy nation-wide. MN and IN are in the starting phase of attempting to ban the therapy.
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Banned

  1. Washington 2018
  2. Illinois 2015
  3. Washington, D.C. 2014
  4. New Jersey 2013
  5. California 2012
  6. United States Minor Outlying Islands

Not banned

  1. Puerto Rico 2016
  2. West Virginia 2015
  3. Missouri
  4. Guam
  5. Northern Mariana Islands
  6. U.S. Virgin Islands

Ambiguous

  1. Oregon 2015
  2. Minnesota
  3. Alabama
  4. Alaska
  5. Arizona
  6. Arkansas
  7. Colorado
  8. Connecticut
  9. Delaware
  10. Florida
  11. Georgia
  12. Hawaii
  13. Idaho
  14. Indiana
  15. Iowa
  16. Kansas
  17. Kentucky
  18. Louisiana
  19. Maine
  20. Maryland
  21. Massachusetts
  22. Michigan
  23. Mississippi
  24. Montana
  25. Nebraska
  26. Nevada
  27. New Hampshire
  28. New Mexico
  29. New York
  30. North Carolina
  31. North Dakota
  32. Ohio
  33. Oklahoma
  34. Pennsylvania
  35. Rhode Island
  36. South Carolina
  37. South Dakota
  38. Tennessee
  39. Texas
  40. Utah
  41. Vermont
  42. Virginia
  43. Wisconsin
  44. Wyoming
  45. American Samoa


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