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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 in some contexts
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    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 (68%)

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 (59%)

Support of same-sex marriage by US state

Ranked #23 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?"

(37%) Oppose
Favor (54%)

Support of homosexuality by US state

Ranked #22 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?"

(30%) Oppose
Support (63%)

History

Homosexual activity in Pennsylvania

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Homosexual activity in Pennsylvania is legal.

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 Pennsylvania

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Same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania is legal.

Current status
Since May 20, 2014
Legal
"U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III, a federal judge appointed by President George W. Bush, ruled in favor of the freedom to marry, striking down Pennsylvania's ban on marriage for same-sex couple[s]."
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Oct 16, 1996–May 19, 2014
Not legal
State Statute defining marriage as between one man and one woman
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Pennsylvania

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Pennsylvania is no censorship.

Current status
No censorship
There are currently no laws in Pennsylvania that prohibit the discussion of LGBTQIA+ Topics.

Section 7 of the Pennsylvania Consitution garuntees that
"The free communication of thoughts and opinions is one of the invaluable rights of man "
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Right to change legal gender in Pennsylvania

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

Current status
Legal, surgery not required
surgery not required in this state or under federal law.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Pennsylvania

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

Current status
Since Jul 23, 2020
Recognized
Pennsylvania residents can change their gender marker to X on their state IDs and driver's licenses.
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LGBT discrimination in Pennsylvania

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LGBT discrimination in Pennsylvania is illegal in some contexts.

Current status
Illegal in some contexts
Some cities and counties have Employment non discrimination laws but there is no law on a state level
Added by Khinch  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Feb 2, 2018–Sep 16, 2018
Illegal
Complete State protection. as well complete city protections for all areas. State wide discrimination protections in employment, housing. previous sex prohibition on sex discrimination is interpreted to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Pennsylvania

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LGBT employment discrimination in Pennsylvania is no protections.

Current status
No protections
As of December 16, 2014, there are no legal protections for people who are LGBT in regards to employment. However, public employees of the state are protected based on both sexual orientation as well as gender identities, and domestic partners of public employees are granted benefits.
Added by imullin01  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Dec 26, 2014–Sep 17, 2018
Sexual orientation and gender identity
State employment discriminations protection. as well as city discrimination protections. prohibition on sex discrimination interpreted to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Pennsylvania

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LGBT housing discrimination in Pennsylvania is no protections.

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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Aug 3, 2016–Sep 18, 2018
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Under a ruling by the Pennsylvanian human rights company.
Added by Ausyk  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Same-sex adoption in Pennsylvania

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Same-sex adoption in Pennsylvania is legal.

Current status
Since 2002
Legal
Any individual may petition for single parent or joint adoption. Second-parent adoption is permitted via case law referenced below.
Sources:
www.lambdalegal.org/states-region/pennsylvania
re Adoption of R.B.F., 803 A.2d 1195 (Pa. 2002)23 Pa. C.S.A. 2312
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Serving openly in military in Pennsylvania

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Serving openly in military in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania

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

Current status
Since Apr 2, 2020
Banned (3-month deferral)
Blood donation centers follow the new FDA 3-month deferral guidance.
Added by JerofDoorhandle  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Dec 21, 2015–Apr 2, 2020
Banned (1-year deferral)
Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
Added by JerofDoorhandle  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

1983–Dec 21, 2015
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 Pennsylvania

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Conversion therapy in Pennsylvania is banned.

Current status
Since Aug 16, 2022
Banned
On August 16, 2022, Pennsylvania governor signed an executive order against conversion therapy.

While not a full on ban, it forbids providers from receiving any government funds or reimbursement for such practices and offers ways to denounce any providers who partake in it.
Added by Notdog1996  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Sep 7, 2016–Aug 16, 2022
Ambiguous
In some cities and counties, state wide conversion therapy ban pending.
Added by Ausyk  ·  2 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Until Sep 7, 2016
Not banned
Conversion Therapy is currently legal. No law currently bans it, despite organizations such as the American Psychological Association denouncing it.
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Equal age of consent in Pennsylvania

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Equal age of consent in Pennsylvania is equal.

Current status
Equal
The Age of consent in Pennsylvania is 16, and the laws applies equally regardless of gender or orientation.
Sources:
Pennsylvania § 3122.1
legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/L…
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