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    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✔ Legal
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, but requires surgery
    Non-binary gender recognition
    Unknown
    Discrimination
    Illegal in some contexts
    Employment Discrimination
    Varies by Region
    Housing Discrimination
    Varies by Region
    Adoption
    ✔ Legal
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    Varies by Region
    Age of Consent
    Varies by Region
Suggest Public Opinion Data

Public Opinion

Views on same-sex marriage or other legal recognition

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

Views on same-sex couples' right to adopt

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

Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors

Ranked #22 out of 79 countries 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 countries 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 countries 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 countries surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, May–October, 2019)

Question: "Should society accept homosexuality?"

(21%) No
Yes (72%)

"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2013)

Ranked #13 out of 39 countries 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 countries 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%)

By The Numbers

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.
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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

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.
Added by sofoust  ·  7 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Censorship of LGBT Issues in United States

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in United States is no censorship.

Current status
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 legal, but requires surgery.

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)
Added by sofoust  ·  7 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

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 unknown.

Current status
Unknown

LGBT discrimination in United States

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LGBT discrimination in United States is illegal in some contexts.

Current status
Since Jun 15, 2020
Illegal in some contexts
Employment distribution protection for sexual orientation and gender identity is now included in "sex" in Title VII. Other forms of protection (housing for example) are not yet present.
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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 varies by region.


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
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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.
Added by Ausyk  ·  2 accurate votes  ·  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  ·  3 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.
Added by imullin01  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

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. Rhode Island
  14. Massachusetts
  15. Vermont
  16. Maine
  17. Illinois
  18. Nevada
  19. Oregon
  20. Colorado
  21. Iowa
  22. New York
  23. Hawaii
  24. U.S. Virgin Islands
  25. Northern Mariana Islands
  26. 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. Mississippi
  6. Georgia
  7. Alabama
  8. North Carolina
  9. South Carolina
  10. Tennessee
  11. West Virginia
  12. Virginia
  13. Pennsylvania
  14. Ohio
  15. Michigan
  16. Indiana
  17. Louisiana
  18. Arkansas
  19. Oklahoma
  20. Missouri
  21. South Dakota
  22. Nebraska
  23. Wyoming
  24. Montana
  25. Idaho
  26. Arizona
  27. Alaska

Ambiguous

  1. Florida 2014
  2. American Samoa

Same-sex adoption in United States

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Same-sex adoption in United States is legal.

Current status
Since Apr 1, 1986
Legal
Under Federal law. Almost Nationwide.
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in United States

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Homosexuals serving openly in military in United States is legal.

Current status
Since Jan 25, 2021
Legal
Biden administration overturns Trump administration's policy against transgender people serving in the military.
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.
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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.
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 (1-year deferral).

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

Dec 21, 2015–Sep 8, 2018
Legal
No restrictions in donating blood.
Added by Ausyk  ·  2 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.
Added by brennen  ·  2 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

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 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. Minnesota 2021
  2. Massachusetts 2019
  3. Washington 2018
  4. Hawaii 2016
  5. Vermont 2016
  6. Illinois 2015
  7. Washington, D.C. 2014
  8. New Jersey 2013
  9. California 2012
  10. United States Minor Outlying Islands

Not banned

  1. West Virginia 2015
  2. Texas
  3. Florida
  4. Missouri
  5. Guam
  6. Northern Mariana Islands
  7. U.S. Virgin Islands

Ambiguous

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