State

  • Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
  • Marriage
    ✔ Legal
  • Changing Gender
    Ambiguous
  • Adoption
    Ambiguous
  • Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
  • Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
  • Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
  • Military
    ✔ Legal
  • Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
  • Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
  • Conversion Therapy
    Ambiguous

History

Homosexual activity in Tennessee

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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 Tennessee

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Current status
(since Jun 26, 2015)
Legal
The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
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May 15, 1996–Jun 26, 2015
Unrecognized
Tennessee Act of 1996 define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
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Right to change legal gender in Tennessee

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Current status
Ambiguous
Requires surgery to change drivers license. not legal to change birth certificate.
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Same-sex adoption in Tennessee

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Mar 7, 2018–Mar 12, 2018
Ambiguous
Legal under federal law. Nothing prohibiting adoption in any way. However it varies by county.
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Current status
Ambiguous
Any person is permitted to adopt per statute, but second-parent adoption varies by judge and county. Since there has been no appellate decision on second-parent adoption, it is listed as ambiguous.
Sources:
www.lambdalegal.org/states-region/tennessee
36 TCA §36-1-115
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LGBT discrimination in Tennessee

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Current status
No protections
No protections from discrimination exist based upon sexual orientation or gender identification.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Tennessee

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Current status
No protections
This state does not provide any legal protections from discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identification.

However, 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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LGBT employment discrimination in Tennessee

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Current status
No protections
As of December 16, 2014, there are no legal protections for people who are LGBT in regards to employment.
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Tennessee

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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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Equal age of consent in Tennessee

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Current status
Equal
Age of consent laws are equitable regardless of gender or orientation.
Sources:
Tennessee Law: Article 39-13-506
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Blood donations by MSMs in Tennessee

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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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Conversion therapy in Tennessee

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Apr 19, 2016–Sep 3, 2017
Not banned
No
Sources:
No
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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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