Compare LGBT Rights in Canada & United States

Equality Index ?
90 / 100
81 / 100
Public Opinion
Views on same-sex marriage or other legal recognition
(Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
82% Support
8% Against
72% Support
15% Against
Views on same-sex couples' right to adopt
(Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
81% Agree
13% Disagree
72% Agree
22% Disagree
Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors
(World Values Survey, 2017-2020)
90% Did not mention homosexuals
10% Mentioned homosexuals
81% Did not mention homosexuals
13% Mentioned homosexuals
Justifiability of homosexuality
(World Values Survey, 2017-2020)
69% Justifiable
10% Not justifiable
48% Justifiable
25% Not justifiable
Opinion on same-sex couples as parents
(World Values Survey, 2017-2020)
72% Agree
9% Disagree
53% Agree
17% Disagree
"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2019)
(Pew Research Center, May–October, 2019)
85% Yes
10% No
72% Yes
21% No
Support for same-sex marriage (North and South America)
(AmericasBarometer, 2016-2017)
76% Approve
24% Disapprove
61% Approve
39% Disapprove
Acceptance of Gay People in Public Office (North and South America)
(AmericasBarometer, 2016-2017)
80% Approve
20% Disapprove
73% Approve
27% Disapprove
"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2013)
(Pew Research Center, June, 2013)
80% Yes
14% No
60% Yes
33% No
Perceived Acceptance of Gay People
(Gallup, 2013)
80% Good place
12% Not a good place
70% Good place
22% Not a good place
Law
Homosexual activityLegal
Since 1969
Legal
Since 2003
Same-sex marriageLegal
Since 2005
Legal
Since 2015
Censorship of LGBT IssuesNo censorshipVaries by Region
Since 2021
Right to change legal genderLegal, surgery not required
Since 2017
Varies by Region
Since 2013
Legal recognition of non-binary genderRecognized
Since 2017
Varies by Region
LGBT discriminationIllegal
Since 2017
Varies by Region
Since 2020
LGBT employment discriminationSexual orientation and gender identity
Since 2017
Varies by Region
LGBT housing discriminationSexual orientation and gender identityVaries by Region
Same-sex adoptionLegal
Since 1995
Varies by Region
Since 1986
Serving openly in militaryLegal
Since 1992
Varies by Region
Since 2021
Blood donations by MSMsLegal
Since 2022
Banned (3-month deferral)
Since 2020
Conversion therapyBanned
Since 2022
Varies by Region
Equal age of consentEqual
Since 2019
Varies by Region
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