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    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✔ Legal
    Censorship
    Varies by Region
    Changing Gender
    Varies by Region
    Non-binary gender recognition
    Varies by Region
    Discrimination
    Varies by Region
    Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Housing Discrimination
    Varies by Region
    Adoption
    ✔ Legal
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (3-month deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    Varies by Region
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
Suggest Public Opinion Data

Public Opinion

Views on same-sex marriage or other legal recognition

Ranked #15 out of 27 regions surveyed. (Source: Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
(15%) Against
Support (72%)

Views on same-sex couples' right to adopt

Ranked #8 out of 27 regions surveyed. (Source: Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
(22%) Disagree
Agree (72%)

Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors

Ranked #22 out of 79 regions surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "On this list are various groups of people. Could you please mention any that you would not like to have as neighbors?"

(12.7%) Mentioned homosexuals
Did not mention homosexuals (81.1%)

Justifiability of homosexuality

Ranked #19 out of 79 regions surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "Please tell me for each of the following statements whether you think it can always be justified, never be justified, or something in between."

(25.1%) Not justifiable
Justifiable (47.6%)

Opinion on same-sex couples as parents

Ranked #14 out of 74 regions surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "Homosexual couples are as good parents as other couples"

(16.6%) Disagree
Agree (52.8%)

"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2019)

Ranked #11 out of 34 regions surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, May–October, 2019)

Question: "Should society accept homosexuality?"

(21%) No
Yes (72%)

Support for same-sex marriage (North and South America)

Ranked #4 out of 29 regions surveyed. (Source: AmericasBarometer, 2016-2017)

Question: "How strongly do you approve or disapprove of same-sex couples having the right to marry?"

(39.1%) Disapprove
Approve (60.9%)

Acceptance of Gay People in Public Office (North and South America)

Ranked #3 out of 29 regions surveyed. (Source: AmericasBarometer, 2016-2017)

Question: "How strongly do you approve or disapprove of [homosexuals] running for public office?"

(26.9%) Disapprove
Approve (73.1%)

"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2013)

Ranked #13 out of 39 regions surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, June, 2013)

Question: "Should society accept homosexuality?"

(33%) No
Yes (60%)

Perceived Acceptance of Gay People

Ranked #14 out of 119 regions surveyed. (Source: Gallup, 2013)

Question: "Is the city or area where you live a good place or not a good place for homosexuals?"

(22%) Not a good place
Good place (70%)

Percentage of Americans Who Consider Homosexuality "Not Wrong At All"

(Source: General Social Survey)

Question: "Is it wrong for same-sex adults to have sexual relations?"

By The Numbers

0.52%
of US adults identify as transgender
1.43%
of US youth (13-18)
70%
of adults support same-sex marriage
83%
of Democrats
73%
of Independents
55%
of Republicans
84%
of 18-34 year-olds
72%
of 35-54 year-olds
60%
of 55+ year-olds
42%
of U.S. LGBTQ youth (ages 13–24) seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year
52%
of U.S. transgender & non-binary youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year
26%
of U.S. LGBTQ youth (ages 13–24) identify as non-binary
20%
are not sure or questioning if they are transgender
11.1%
of U.S. LGBTQ adults identifying as non-binary
5.6%
of U.S. adults identifying as LGBT
(Gallup, 2021)

History

Homosexual activity in United States

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Homosexual activity in United States is legal.

Current status
Since Jun 26, 2003
Legal
Homosexual activity is legal in the United States, however, some US states had already legalized it in years prior.
Added by daveyroo  ·  19 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

1962–Jun 26, 2003
Varies by Region
Before Lawrence v. Texas, some states had already decriminalized sodomy. The first state was Illinois in 1962.
Added by Hearts4Al  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Same-sex marriage in United States

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Same-sex marriage in United States is legal.

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.
Added by sofoust  ·  14 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

May 14, 2004–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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Censorship of LGBT Issues in United States

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in United States is varies by region.

Current status
Since Oct 28, 2021
Varies by Region
Censorship became "other punishment" in the state of Texas, and in Florida Govt. DeSantis wants to ban LGBT topics from being discussed in schools.

Generally, LGBT Topics are considered under the Free Speach Clause. Due to the nature of the current laws, and state decisions such as in Flordia; "Varies by region" is the best indicator to use.
Added by DuffdeNecker  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

No censorship

  1. South Carolina 2020
  2. Utah 2017
  3. Alaska
  4. Arizona
  5. Arkansas
  6. California
  7. Colorado
  8. Connecticut
  9. Delaware
  10. Hawaii
  11. Idaho
  12. Illinois
  13. Indiana
  14. Kansas
  15. Kentucky
  16. Maine
  17. Maryland
  18. Massachusetts
  19. Michigan
  20. Minnesota
  21. Montana
  22. Nebraska
  23. Nevada
  24. New Hampshire
  25. New Jersey
  26. New Mexico
  27. New York
  28. North Dakota
  29. Ohio
  30. Oregon
  31. Pennsylvania
  32. Puerto Rico
  33. Rhode Island
  34. South Dakota
  35. Vermont
  36. Virginia
  37. Washington
  38. West Virginia
  39. Wisconsin
  40. Wyoming

State-enforced

  1. Alabama 2022
  2. Florida 2022
  3. Louisiana 2022
  4. Mississippi 2022
  5. Oklahoma 2022
  6. North Carolina 2022

Other punishment

  1. Texas 2021

Until Oct 28, 2021
No censorship
Freedom of Speech is widely talked about

Pride Parades happen every year
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Right to change legal gender in United States

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Right to change legal gender in United States is varies by region.

Current status
Since Jan 2013
Varies by Region
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)
Added by sofoust  ·  8 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Legal, surgery not required

  1. Montana 2022
  2. North Carolina 2022
  3. Michigan 2021
  4. Ohio 2021
  5. Virginia 2020
  6. West Virginia 2020
  7. Colorado 2020
  8. Maine 2019
  9. New Mexico 2019
  10. Kansas 2019
  11. New Jersey 2018
  12. Minnesota 2018
  13. New Hampshire 2018
  14. California 2017
  15. Oregon 2017
  16. Utah 2017
  17. Washington 2017
  18. Nevada 2017
  19. Alaska
  20. American Samoa
  21. Connecticut
  22. Delaware
  23. Guam
  24. Hawaii
  25. Idaho
  26. Illinois
  27. Indiana
  28. Maryland
  29. Massachusetts
  30. Mississippi
  31. New York
  32. Northern Mariana Islands
  33. Pennsylvania
  34. Puerto Rico
  35. Rhode Island
  36. South Dakota
  37. United States Minor Outlying Islands
  38. Vermont
  39. U.S. Virgin Islands
  40. Washington, D.C.

Legal, but requires surgery

  1. North Dakota 2006
  2. Kentucky 2005
  3. Florida 2004
  4. Arkansas 2002
  5. Alabama
  6. Arizona
  7. Georgia
  8. Iowa
  9. Louisiana
  10. Missouri
  11. Nebraska
  12. South Carolina
  13. Texas
  14. Wisconsin
  15. Wyoming

Illegal

  1. Oklahoma 2022

Ambiguous

  1. Tennessee

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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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in United States

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in United States is varies by region.

Current status

LGBT discrimination in United States

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LGBT discrimination in United States is varies by region.


Jan 2011–Jun 14, 2020
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.
Added by sofoust  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

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.
Added by Ausyk  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

LGBT employment discrimination in United States

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LGBT employment discrimination in United States is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since Jun 15, 2020
Sexual orientation and gender identity
As of June 15, 2020, all persons working for employers that employ more than 15 people are protected from discrimination based solely on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity via the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County.
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Jun 15, 2020–Oct 9, 2020
Sexual orientation and gender identity
As of June 15, 2020, all persons working for employers that employ more than 15 people are protected from discrimination based solely on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity via the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia
Added by dromber  ·  2 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Jul 16, 2005–Aug 9, 2018
Sexual orientation and gender identity
National state discrimination protection pending. National Hate Crime Law Pending.
Added by Ausyk  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

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.
Added by johnfallot  ·  2 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Jun 15, 2020–-0001
Sexual orientation and gender identity
As of June 15th, 2020 the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity is illegal under Title VII the Civil Rights Act of 1964, classified as sex discrimination.
Added by Kevk7650  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Jul 16, 2015–-0001
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.


Until -0001
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.
Added by sofoust  ·  2 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

LGBT housing discrimination in United States

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LGBT housing discrimination in United States is varies by region.

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. Nationwide Protections pending.
Added by imullin01  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Sexual orientation and gender identity

  1. New Hampshire 2018
  2. Utah 2015
  3. Guam 2015
  4. Delaware 2013
  5. Puerto Rico 2013
  6. California 2006
  7. Washington 2006
  8. New Mexico 2003
  9. Minnesota 1993
  10. Colorado
  11. Hawaii
  12. Connecticut
  13. Illinois
  14. Iowa
  15. Maine
  16. Maryland
  17. Massachusetts
  18. Nevada
  19. New Jersey
  20. New York
  21. Northern Mariana Islands
  22. Oregon
  23. Rhode Island
  24. United States Minor Outlying Islands
  25. Vermont
  26. U.S. Virgin Islands
  27. Washington, D.C.

Sexual orientation only

  1. Wisconsin

No protections

  1. Florida 2014
  2. Kansas 2000
  3. Alabama
  4. Alaska
  5. Arizona
  6. Arkansas
  7. Georgia
  8. Idaho
  9. Indiana
  10. Kentucky
  11. Louisiana
  12. Michigan
  13. Mississippi
  14. Missouri
  15. Montana
  16. Nebraska
  17. North Carolina
  18. North Dakota
  19. Ohio
  20. Oklahoma
  21. Tennessee
  22. Pennsylvania
  23. South Carolina
  24. South Dakota
  25. Texas
  26. Virginia
  27. West Virginia
  28. Wyoming

Ambiguous

  1. American Samoa

Same-sex adoption in United States

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Same-sex adoption in United States is legal.

Current status
Since Jun 26, 2017
Legal
On 31 March 2016, Federal District Court struck down Mississippi's ban on same-sex couple adoptions. On June 26, 2017, the United States Supreme Court reversed an Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that allowed a law listing parents by gender on birth certificates to stand. The new SCOTUS ruling allowed both same-sex spouses to be listed on birth certificates. These court rulings made adoption by same-sex couples legal in all 50 states.

States can however require couples to be legally married before adopting.
Added by sofoust  ·  2 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Apr 1, 1986–Dec 1, 1986
Legal
Under Federal law. Almost Nationwide.
Added by Ausyk  ·  2 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Serving openly in military in United States

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Serving openly in military in United States is legal.

Current status
Since Feb 26, 2021
Legal
Legalized in every state.
Added by Buzdolabimotoru  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Jan 25, 2021–Feb 26, 2021
Varies by Region
Biden administration overturns Trump administration's policy against transgender people serving in the military, however, Texas govt. Greg Abbot kept the ban in place for his state.
Added by danlev  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Apr 11, 2019–Jan 25, 2021
Lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned
New policy goes into effect barring individuals with a "condition" known as "gender dysphoria."
Added by danlev  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Jan 1, 2018–Apr 11, 2019
Lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned
Transgender individual can serve, however, the policy "will require an individual to have completed any medical treatment that their doctor has determined is necessary in connection with their gender transition, and to have been stable in their preferred gender for 18 months, as certified by their doctor, before they can enter the military."
Added by danlev  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Jul 1, 2016–Jan 1, 2018
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.
Added by brennen  ·  5 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

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.
Added by brennen  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Blood donations by MSMs in United States

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Blood donations by MSMs in United States is banned (3-month deferral).

Current status
Since Apr 2, 2020
Banned (3-month deferral)
The FDA announced changes to blood donor eligibility policy on 2nd April 2020, reducing the MSM deferral period from 12 months to 3 months, it is not legally binding but most agencies and the American Red Cross treat it as such.
Added by Ausyk  ·  3 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Dec 21, 2015–Apr 1, 2020
Banned (1-year deferral)
After a series of recommendations, the FDA has moved to a 12 months deferral.
Added by vviet93  ·  3 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

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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Conversion therapy in United States is varies by region.

Current status
Varies by Region
Conversion therapy is legal in about 50% of US states starting with CA and NJ being the first ones. 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. Pennsylvania 2022
  2. Minnesota 2021
  3. Michigan 2021
  4. North Dakota 2021
  5. Wisconsin 2021
  6. Virginia 2020
  7. Utah 2020
  8. Maine 2019
  9. North Carolina 2019
  10. Colorado 2019
  11. Massachusetts 2019
  12. New Hampshire 2019
  13. New York 2018
  14. Delaware 2018
  15. Washington 2018
  16. Nevada 2018
  17. Rhode Island 2017
  18. New Mexico 2017
  19. Connecticut 2016
  20. Hawaii 2016
  21. Oregon 2016
  22. Vermont 2016
  23. Illinois 2015
  24. Washington, D.C. 2014
  25. New Jersey 2013
  26. California 2012
  27. Maryland
  28. United States Minor Outlying Islands

Not banned

  1. Idaho 2022
  2. West Virginia 2015
  3. Alabama
  4. Alaska
  5. Arizona
  6. Arkansas
  7. Florida
  8. Georgia
  9. Guam
  10. Indiana
  11. Iowa
  12. Kansas
  13. Kentucky
  14. Louisiana
  15. Mississippi
  16. Missouri
  17. Montana
  18. Nebraska
  19. Northern Mariana Islands
  20. Ohio
  21. Oklahoma
  22. South Carolina
  23. South Dakota
  24. Tennessee
  25. Texas
  26. U.S. Virgin Islands
  27. Wyoming

Ambiguous

  1. American Samoa

Jan 1, 2018–Jun 21, 2018
Varies by Region
illegal under federal law under the therapeutic fraud act signed under Obama.
Added by Ausyk  ·  2 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Equal age of consent in United States

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Equal age of consent in United States is equal.

Current status
Equal
Equalized in every state.
Added by sofoust  ·  2 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log