State

  • Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
  • Marriage
    ✔ Legal
  • Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, surgery not required
  • Adoption
    ✔ Legal
  • Discrimination
    ✔ Illegal
  • Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Housing Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Military
    ✔ Legal
  • Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
  • Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
  • Conversion Therapy
    Ambiguous

History

Homosexual activity in Massachusetts

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Current status
(since Jun 26, 2003)
Legal
US Supreme Court ruling issued in Lawrence v. Texas struck down all sodomy laws on the basis of privacy and liberty. The decision overturned any laws remaining in all US states which prohibited acts of sodomy.
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Same-sex marriage in Massachusetts

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Current status
(since May 17, 2004)
Legal
In 2004, Massachusetts became the first US state to legalize same-sex marriage.
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Right to change legal gender in Massachusetts

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Current status
Legal, surgery not required
under movement advancement project
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Same-sex adoption in Massachusetts

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Current status
(since 1993)
Legal
Any person of "full age" may adopt, and second-parent adoption is also legal.
Sources:
www.lambdalegal.org/states-region/massachusetts
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LGBT discrimination in Massachusetts

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Current status
Illegal
People are protected from discrimination based upon both sexual orientation and gender identification.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Massachusetts

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Current status
(since 2012)
Sexual orientation and gender identity
State law provides for protections against employment discrimination in regards to both sexual orientation and gender identification.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Massachusetts

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Current status
Sexual orientation and gender identity
This state explicitly bans housing discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identification.

Additionally, the Human Rights Campaign states, "The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires grantees and participants of HUD programs to comply with local and state non-discrimination laws that include sexual orientation and gender identity.
HUD also prohibits inquiries regarding the sexual orientation or gender identity of a prospective tenant or applicant for assisted housing in every state (March 2012)."
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Massachusetts

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Current status
(since Sep 20, 2011)
Legal
Don't Ask, Don't Tell is officially repealed throughout the United States, and gays and lesbians may openly serve.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Massachusetts

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Current status
(since 1983)
Banned (indefinite deferral)
Ban on blood donations from MSMs applies to any man who has had sex, even once, with another man on or after January 1, 1977.
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Equal age of consent in Massachusetts

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Current status
Equal
No
Sources:
No
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Conversion therapy in Massachusetts

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Sep 7, 2016–Jul 18, 2018
Not banned
waiting for governor to sign.
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Current status
Ambiguous
Conversion Therapy is currently legal. No law currently bans it, despite organizations such as the American Psychological Association denouncing it. Though it's not actually ambiguous (It is in fact legal), this is the best indicator of the available options.
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