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State

    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✔ Legal
    Censorship
    Unknown
    Changing Gender
    Ambiguous
    Non-binary gender recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✔ Legal
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (3-month deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not 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 (64%)

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 (47%)

Support of same-sex marriage by US state

Ranked #49 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?"

(58%) Oppose
Favor (35%)

Support of homosexuality by US state

Ranked #50 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?"

(53%) Oppose
Support (41%)

History

Homosexual activity in Tennessee

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Homosexual activity in Tennessee 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 Tennessee

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Same-sex marriage in Tennessee is legal.

Current status
Since Jun 26, 2015
Legal
The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
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May 15, 1996–Jun 26, 2015
Unrecognized
Tennessee Act of 1996 define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Tennessee

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Tennessee is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Right to change legal gender in Tennessee

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Right to change legal gender in Tennessee is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
Requires surgery to change drivers license. not legal to change birth certificate.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Tennessee

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Tennessee is not legally recognized.

Current status
Not legally recognized
Not currently recognized.
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LGBT discrimination in Tennessee

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LGBT discrimination in Tennessee is no protections.

Current status
No protections
No protections from discrimination exist based upon sexual orientation or gender identification.
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Jan 1, 2018–Sep 1, 2018
Illegal in some contexts
Only gender identity discrimination protection state wide. being implemented in various cities and counties.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Tennessee

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

Current status
Since Jun 15, 2020
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Protected federally under a Supreme Court ruling.
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Dec 16, 2014–Sep 1, 2018
No protections
As of December 16, 2014, there are no legal protections for people who are LGBT in regards to employment.
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Dec 12, 2014–Sep 1, 2018
Ambiguous
under federal law section VII stat court ruled that sex discrimination includes sexual orientation and gender identity. as well under federal hate crime law for sexual orientation and gender identity. under state hate crime for sexual orientation.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Tennessee

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LGBT housing discrimination in Tennessee 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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Same-sex adoption in Tennessee

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Same-sex adoption in Tennessee is legal.

Current status
Since Jun 26, 2017
Legal
Any single person is permitted to adopt per statute. State law allows any married individual to adopt their spouse's child via stepparent adoption, even though some counties or judges might give LGBT prospective parents trouble.

Married LGBT couples can adopt jointly.
Sources:
www.lambdalegal.org/states-region/tennessee
36 TCA §36-1-115
familyequality.org/wp-conte…
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Mar 7, 2018–Sep 9, 2018
Legal
Since 2015. no laws restricting adoption.
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Serving openly in military in Tennessee

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Serving openly in military in Tennessee 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 Tennessee

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Blood donations by MSMs in Tennessee 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.
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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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1983–Dec 2, 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 Tennessee

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Conversion therapy in Tennessee is not banned.

Current status
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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Apr 19, 2016–Sep 7, 2018
Ambiguous
Not criminalized in this state.
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Equal age of consent in Tennessee

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Equal age of consent in Tennessee is equal.

Current status
Equal
Age of consent laws are equitable regardless of gender or orientation.
Sources:
Tennessee Law: Article 39-13-506
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