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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 (75%)

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 (57%)

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?"

(31%) Oppose
Favor (61%)

Support of homosexuality by US state

Ranked #12 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?"

(27%) Oppose
Support (69%)

History

Homosexual activity in Washington

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Homosexual activity in Washington is legal.

Current status
Since Jul 1, 1976
Legal
Sodomy legalized for washington in 1976.
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Until Jul 1, 1976
Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
Sodomy was illegal until 1976, although oral sex was fairly common among “hippies” in the 60s and early 70s.
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Same-sex marriage in Washington

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Same-sex marriage in Washington is legal.

Current status
Since Dec 6, 2012
Legal
On February 13, 2012 Washington passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. The law went in to effect on December 6, 2012
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Washington

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Washington is no censorship.

Current status
No censorship
Washington has some anti-discrimination policies and no active censorship measures.
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Right to change legal gender in Washington

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

Current status
Since Sep 12, 2017
Legal, surgery not required
No Requirements.
Parent/Guardians must apply on behalf of minors.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Washington

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

Current status
Since Jan 27, 2018
Recognized
WAC 246-490-075 includes the legal gender marking "X" as a gender that is not exclusively male or female, including, but not limited to, intersex, agender, amalgagender, androgynous, bigender, demigender, female-to-male, genderfluid, genderqueer, male-to-female, neutrois, nonbinary, pangender, third sex, transgender, transsexual, Two Spirit, and unspecified.
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LGBT discrimination in Washington

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LGBT discrimination in Washington is illegal.

Current status
Since Jun 8, 2006
Illegal
Covers sexual orientation and gender identity in regard to employment, housing, and public accomodations
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LGBT employment discrimination in Washington

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

Current status
Since Jun 8, 2006
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 Washington

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

Current status
Since Jun 8, 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 Washington

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Same-sex adoption in Washington is legal.

Current status
Since Feb 1, 2013
Legal
A same sex couple can adopt through the agency they're adopting their child at or through an independent adoption.
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Until Feb 1, 2013
Single only
Not a crime but adoption centers would not let gay couples to adopt.
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Serving openly in military in Washington

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Serving openly in military in Washington 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 Washington

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

Current status
Since Apr 2, 2020
Banned (3-month deferral)
Blood donation centers in Washington 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 21, 2015
Banned (indefinite deferral)
Ban on blood donations from MSMs applied to any man who has had sex, even once, with another man after 1976.
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Conversion therapy in Washington

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Conversion therapy in Washington is banned.

Current status
Since Jun 1, 2018
Banned
Bill banning conversion therapy got signed into law on March 30, 2018 and became a law Jun 1, 2018; although it was widely uncommon for many years before that, it was technically not a law.
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Until Jun 1, 2018
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. An attempt to ban conversion therapy passed overwhelmingly in the State House in 2014, but the bill died in Senate Committee.
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Equal age of consent in Washington

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Equal age of consent in Washington is equal.

Current status
Since Sep 18, 1988
Equal
Age of consent is equal, regardless of gender or orientation.
Sources:
gayteens.about.com/od/sexua…
Washington Laws:
RCW 9A.44.093
RCW 9A.44.096
RCW 9A.44.089
RCW 9A.44.079
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