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State

    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✔ Legal
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, surgery not required
    Non-binary gender recognition
    ✔ Recognized
    Discrimination
    ✔ Illegal
    Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Housing Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Adoption
    ✔ Legal
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (3-month deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    ✔ Banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
Suggest Public Opinion Data

Public Opinion

Support for LGBT protections by US state

Ranked #1 out of 50 regions surveyed. (Source: PRRI, 2018)

Question: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose laws that would protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people against discrimination in jobs, public accommodations, and housing?"

 
Favor (73%)

Opposition of religiously based refusals to serve gay and lesbian people

Ranked #1 out of 50 regions surveyed. (Source: PRRI, 2018)

Question: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose allowing a small business owner in your state to refuse to provide products or services to gay or lesbian people, if doing so violates their religious beliefs"

 
Oppose (60%)

Support of same-sex marriage by US state

Ranked #10 out of 51 regions surveyed. (Source: Pew Research, 2014)

Question: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally?"

(32%) Oppose
Favor (62%)

Support of homosexuality by US state

Ranked #9 out of 51 regions surveyed. (Source: Pew Research, 2014)

Question: "Which statement comes closer to your own views: homosexuality should be accepted by society OR homosexuality should be discouraged by society?"

(24%) Oppose
Support (69%)

History

Homosexual activity in California

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Homosexual activity in California is legal.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 1976
Legal
Legislative repeal, effective 1976.
Sources:
The 1975 Consenting Adult Sex Bill (California Assembly Bill 489), effective 1/1/1976.
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Same-sex marriage in California

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Same-sex marriage in California is legal.

Current status
Since Jun 28, 2013
Legal
In 2013, California legalized same-sex marriage.
Sources:
Hollingsworth v. Perry (570 U.S. ___ (2013) Docket No. 12-144). supremecourt.gov/opinions/1…
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in California

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in California is no censorship.

Current status
No censorship
Public schools are required to teach about the history of the LGBT community, and transgender students are allowed to choose the appropriate restroom or sports team that match their gender identity.
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Right to change legal gender in California

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Right to change legal gender in California is legal, surgery not required.

Current status
Since Oct 15, 2017
Legal, surgery not required
Surgery is not required under state or federal law.
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Until Oct 15, 2017
Legal, but requires surgery
Surgery was originally required in California.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in California

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in California is recognized.

Current status
Since 2018
Recognized
California introduced a non-binary option on drivers licenses in January of 2019 but introduced a non-binary option on birth certificates in 2018.
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LGBT discrimination in California

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LGBT discrimination in California is illegal.

Current status
Since Aug 17, 2004
Illegal
Defines a hate crime as a criminal act committed because the victim's perceived: disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Protections also include gender identification.

Also, In 2014, California became the first state in the U.S. to officially ban the use of gay panic and transgender panic defenses in murder trials.
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LGBT employment discrimination in California

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LGBT employment discrimination in California is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since Sep 25, 2004
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 California

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LGBT housing discrimination in California is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since Sep 28, 2006
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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Same-sex adoption in California

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Same-sex adoption in California is legal.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2003
Legal
California law states that an adult related to the child, a person named in a deceased parent’s will, a legal guardian, or a person with whom the child has been placed for adoption is permitted to petition to adopt. California §8600, 8601 permit same-sex adoption, and second-parent adoption is legal per case law exhibited via Sharon v. Supreme Court, 31 Cal. 4th 417 (2003). This case also explicitly banned discrimination based on sexual orientation in all adoptions and foster care placements in California.
Sources:
leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/disp…
hrc.org/laws-and-legislatio…
www.lambdalegal.org/states-region/california
California Family Code §8600, 8601
Sharon v. Supreme Court, 31 Cal. 4th 417 (2003)
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Serving openly in military in California

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Serving openly in military in California is legal.

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 California

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

Current status
Since Apr 2, 2020
Banned (3-month deferral)
3-month deferral in line with FDA guidance.
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Dec 21, 2015–Apr 2, 2020
Banned (1-year deferral)
Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
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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 California

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Conversion therapy in California is banned.

Current status
Since Sep 29, 2012
Banned
Note that this only applies to youth (under 18 years olds)
Added by nickreitan  ·  2 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Until Sep 29, 2012
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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Equal age of consent in California

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Equal age of consent in California is equal.

Current status
Equal
The age of consent is 18 for both same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples.
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