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sofoust

My partner and I live in Florida after moving from Arkansas a few years ago. I work in IT and also help my partner with our photography studio.

Location: United States

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sofoust added an entry to United States.
Same-sex marriage: Legal from Jun 26, 2015 to now.
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.
sofoust added an entry to United States.
LGBT employment discrimination: No protections from past to now.
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.
sofoust added an entry to Florida.
Equal age of consent: Equal from 2010 to now.
Legal age of consent is 18, but close in age exclusions apply.
sofoust added an entry to Florida.
Right to change legal gender: Legal, but requires surgery from Oct 19, 2004 to now.
After Gender Reassignment Surgery and a legal name change, then you can apply for the gender to be changed on your birth certificate.
sofoust added an entry to Florida.
LGBT discrimination: No protections from 1992 to now.
Some cities and counties have offered some protection, but at the state level there is none.
sofoust added an entry to Florida.
Blood donations by MSMs: Banned (indefinite deferral) from 1983 to now.
This is decided at the federal level by the FDA, which has given an indefinite ban.
sofoust added an entry to Florida.
Homosexuals serving openly in military: Legal from Sep 20, 2011 to now.
Don't ask don't tell was officially repealed.
sofoust added an entry to Florida.
Homosexual activity: Legal from Jun 26, 2003 to now.
Legal due to the US Supreme ruling about homosexual activity.
sofoust added an entry to Florida.
Same-sex marriage: Unrecognized, same-sex marriage and civil unions banned from Jun 9, 1977 to Jan 5, 2014.
They also do not recognize same-sex marriages performed outside of the state.
sofoust added an entry to Arkansas.
Equal age of consent: Equal from 2001 to now.
Equal age of consent is 16.
sofoust added an entry to Arkansas.
Blood donations by MSMs: Banned (indefinite deferral) from 1983 to now.
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.
sofoust added an entry to Arkansas.
Right to change legal gender: Legal, but requires surgery from 2002 to now.
Arkansas will amend after receipt of a court order verifying that they have undergone sex-reassignment surgery and that their names have been changed.
sofoust added an entry to Arkansas.
LGBT discrimination: No protections from Jan 1, 2013 to now.
At this time there is no discrimination protection at the State level
sofoust added an entry to Arkansas.
Homosexual activity: Legal from Oct 29, 2001 to now.
Supreme Court overturned 1977 law banning homosexual activity
sofoust added an entry to Arkansas.
Same-sex adoption: Legal from Apr 7, 2011 to now.
Originally banned in a measure on a ballot, but Arkansas Supreme Court Overruled. Any unmarried individual may petition for adoption, and any married individuals must petition jointly before the court. While the Supreme Court of Arkansas has struck down bans to limit same-sex adoption on privacy grounds, all adoption cases are handled on a case by case basis before a lower court judge. Lower courts have a history of hostile rulings for same-sex adoptive parents as displayed in Larson v. Larson, 902 S.W.2d 254 (App. 1995).
Sources: google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q… www.lambdalegal.org/states-region/arkansas Larson v. Larson, 902 S.W.2d 254 (App. 1995)
sofoust added an entry to Arkansas.
Same-sex marriage: Unrecognized, same-sex marriage and civil unions banned from Nov 2, 2004 to Jun 26, 2015.
Also note that it does not matter where a same-sex couple was married, Arkansas states that all such marriages are void in the eyes of the state.
sofoust added an entry to Australia.
Blood donations by MSMs: Banned (1-year deferral) from 1996 to now.
The Red Cross controls blood donations in Australia and it has a ban on MSMs active in the last year
sofoust added an entry to Australia.
Same-sex adoption: N/A from Jun 2007 to now.
This is not decided at the Federal level, but at the territorial government level. Some territories allow it, others do not.
sofoust added an entry to Greenland.
Same-sex adoption: Step-child adoption only from Jul 1, 2009 to May 27, 2015.
Joint adoption not legal at this time, only adoption of one partners existing children.
Sources: Odd Couples: A History of Gay Marriage in Scandinavia
sofoust added an entry to Canada.
Right to change legal gender: Varies by Region from past to Jan 1, 2014.
Legal gender change has many different contexts within Canada. Birth certificate is arguably the most recognized authoritative statement of gender. Changes to this document are regulated province by province. Some require proof of surgery for a certificate change, others require a psychologist's statement. For citizens born outside of Canada, recognition is at the federal level in the form of changes to one's certificate of Canadian citizenship and/or passport which at present requires proof of surgery to obtain.
sofoust added an entry to United States.
Equal age of consent: Varies by Region from past to now.
Age of Consent is not set at a national level. It is determined by the states, ranging between 16 and 18.
sofoust added an entry to United States.
Same-sex marriage: Varies by Region from Jun 26, 2013 to Jun 26, 2015.
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.
sofoust added an entry to United States.
LGBT discrimination: Illegal in some contexts from Jan 2011 to now.
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.
sofoust added an entry to United States.
Right to change legal gender: Legal, but requires surgery from Jun 2013 to now.
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)
sofoust added an entry to Switzerland.
Equal age of consent: Equal from 1992 to now.
Consensual age is Switzerland is 16 years old, unless the difference in age between the persons involved is not more than 3 years.
Sources: Article 188 of the Swiss Criminal Code admin.ch/ch/e/rs/3/311.0.en.pdf
sofoust added an entry to Switzerland.
Homosexual activity: Legal from 1942 to now.
Sources: Swiss Penal Code
sofoust added an entry to United States.
Same-sex adoption: Varies by Region from Apr 1, 1986 to now.
Full joint adoption by same-sex couples is currently legal in the certain states.