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Sexual Orientation Policy Tally

The term “sexual orientation” is loosely defined as a person’s pattern of romantic or sexual attraction to people of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or more than one sex or gender. Laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation primarily protect or harm lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. That said, transgender people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual can be affected by laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation.

Gender Identity Policy Tally

“Gender identity” is a person’s deeply-felt inner sense of being male, female, or something else or in-between. “Gender expression” refers to a person’s characteristics and behaviors such as appearance, dress, mannerisms and speech patterns that can be described as masculine, feminine, or something else. Gender identity and expression are independent of sexual orientation, and transgender people may identify as heterosexual, lesbian, gay or bisexual. Laws that explicitly mention “gender identity” or “gender identity and expression” primarily protect or harm transgender people. These laws also can apply to people who are not transgender, but whose sense of gender or manner of dress does not adhere to gender stereotypes.

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Conversion Therapy Laws

Conversion therapy laws prohibit licensed mental health practitioners from subjecting LGBT minors to harmful "conversion therapy" practices that attempt to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. These laws do not restrict the practice among religious providers. For an in-depth analysis of these laws, please read our LGBT Policy Spotlight Report: Conversion Therapy Bans. For additional information, please contact the National Center for Lesbian Rights or The Trevor Project.
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Vermont New Hampshire Washington D.C. Maryland Delaware New Jersey Connecticut Rhode Island Massachusetts Alaska Hawaii California Oregon Washington Nevada Utah Arizona Idaho Montana Wyoming Colorado 33 Texas North Dakota South Dakota Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma Minnesota Iowa Louisiana Arkansas Missouri Mississippi Florida Georgia Tennessee South Carolina North Carolina Wisconsin Illinois Michigan Indiana Kentucky Ohio West Virginia Maine New York Pennsylvania Virginia Vermont New Hampshire
  • Law bans conversion therapy for minors (14 states + D.C.)
  • No law (36 states)
Recommended citation:
Movement Advancement Project. "Equality Maps: Conversion Therapy Laws." http://www.lgbtmap.org/equality-maps/conversion_therapy (date of access).

*Note: In February 2016, New York's Governor Cuomo announced regulations that restrict conversion therapy by banning public and private health care insurers from covering the practice in the State. It also prohibits various mental health facilities across the state from conducting the practice on minors. However, state law does not fully ban the practice.

Percent of LGBT Population Covered by Laws

32%

32 % of LGBT population lives in states that have laws banning conversion therapy for minors

68%

68 % of LGBT population lives in states with no laws banning conversion therapy for minors

Conversion therapy laws prohibit licensed mental health practitioners from subjecting LGBT minors to harmful "conversion therapy" practices that attempt to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. These laws do not restrict the practice among religious providers. For an in-depth analysis of these laws, please read our LGBT Policy Spotlight Report: Conversion Therapy Bans. For additional information, please contact the National Center for Lesbian Rights or The Trevor Project.

States in dark green reflect states with state-wide bans; 100% of the state population is protected. If a state is beige and has no pin, then there are no local or state bans against conversion therapy, and therefore 0% of the state population is protected from this harmful practice. 
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Vermont New Hampshire Washington D.C. Maryland Delaware New Jersey Connecticut Rhode Island Massachusetts Alaska Hawaii California Oregon Washington Nevada Utah Arizona Idaho Montana Wyoming Colorado 33 Texas North Dakota South Dakota Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma Minnesota Iowa Louisiana Arkansas Missouri Mississippi Florida Georgia Tennessee South Carolina North Carolina Wisconsin Illinois Michigan Indiana Kentucky Ohio West Virginia Maine New York Pennsylvania Virginia Vermont New Hampshire
  • Percent of the state population protected from conversion therapy
  • Percent of the state population protected from conversion therapy by local ordinances
Recommended citation:
Movement Advancement Project. "Equality Maps: Conversion Therapy Laws." http://www.lgbtmap.org/equality-maps/conversion_therapy (date of access).

*Note: In February 2016, New York's Governor Cuomo announced regulations that restrict conversion therapy by banning public and private health care insurers from covering the practice in the State. It also prohibits various mental health facilities across the state from conducting the practice on minors. However, state law does not fully ban the practice.

Percent of LGBT Population Covered by Laws

35%

35 % of U.S. population living in states or localities with laws banning conversion therapy for minors

65%

65 % of U.S. population living in states or localities with no laws banning conversion therapy for minors

Alabama

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Alaska

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Pima County

Arizona

Conversion Therapy 15% of population protected


City and County Numbers:

1 county out of 15 has an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in private employment, housing, and public accommodations.

0 cities have an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in private employment, housing, and public accommodations.


City and County Listing:

  • Pima County

Arkansas

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

California

Conversion Therapy 100% of population protected

Colorado

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Connecticut

Conversion Therapy 100% of population protected

Delaware

Conversion Therapy 100% of population protected

District of Columbia

Conversion Therapy 100% of population protected

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Bay Harbor Islands
  • Boca Raton
  • Boynton Beach
  • Delray Beach
  • El Portal
  • Gainesville
  • Greenacres
  • Key West
  • Lake Worth
  • Miami
  • Miami Beach
  • North Bay Village
  • Oakland Park
  • Riviera Beach
  • Tampa
  • Wellington
  • West Palm Beach
  • Wilton Manors
  • Broward County
  • Palm Beach County

Florida

Conversion Therapy 22% of population protected


City and County Numbers:

2 counties out of 67 have an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in private employment, housing, and public accommodations.

18 cities have an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in private employment, housing, and public accommodations.


City and County Listing:

  • Bay Harbor Islands
  • Boca Raton
  • Boynton Beach
  • Delray Beach
  • El Portal
  • Gainesville
  • Greenacres
  • Key West
  • Lake Worth
  • Miami
  • Miami Beach
  • North Bay Village
  • Oakland Park
  • Riviera Beach
  • Tampa
  • Wellington
  • West Palm Beach
  • Wilton Manors
  • Broward County
  • Palm Beach County

Georgia

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Hawaii

Conversion Therapy 100% of population protected

Idaho

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Illinois

Conversion Therapy 100% of population protected

Indiana

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Iowa

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Kansas

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Kentucky

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Louisiana

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Maine

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Maryland

Conversion Therapy 100% of population protected

Massachusetts

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Michigan

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Minnesota

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Mississippi

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Missouri

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Montana

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Nebraska

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Nevada

Conversion Therapy 100% of population protected

New Hampshire

Conversion Therapy 100% of population protected

New Jersey

Conversion Therapy 100% of population protected

New Mexico

Conversion Therapy 100% of population protected

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Albany
  • New York City
  • Rochester
  • Albany County
  • Erie County
  • Ulster County
  • Westchester County

New York

Conversion Therapy 56% of population protected


City and County Numbers:

4 counties out of 62 have an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in private employment, housing, and public accommodations.

3 cities have an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in private employment, housing, and public accommodations.


City and County Listing:

  • Albany
  • New York City
  • Rochester
  • Albany County
  • Erie County
  • Ulster County
  • Westchester County

North Carolina

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

North Dakota

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Athens
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Dayton
  • Lakewood
  • Toledo

Ohio

Conversion Therapy 14% of population protected


City and County Numbers:

0 counties out of 88 have an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in private employment, housing, and public accommodations.

6 cities have an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in private employment, housing, and public accommodations.


City and County Listing:

  • Athens
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Dayton
  • Lakewood
  • Toledo

Oklahoma

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Oregon

Conversion Therapy 100% of population protected

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Allentown
  • Bellefonte Borough
  • Bethlehem
  • Doylestown Borough
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Reading
  • State College
  • Yardley Borough
  • Newtown Township (Bucks County)

Pennsylvania

Conversion Therapy 17% of population protected


City and County Numbers:

0 counties out of 67 have an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in private employment, housing, and public accommodations.

10 cities have an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in private employment, housing, and public accommodations.


City and County Listing:

  • Allentown
  • Bellefonte Borough
  • Bethlehem
  • Doylestown Borough
  • Newtown Township (Bucks County)
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Reading
  • State College
  • Yardley Borough

Rhode Island

Conversion Therapy 100% of population protected

South Carolina

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

South Dakota

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Tennessee

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Texas

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Utah

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected


*Utah's state and local nondiscrimination protections only cover employment and housing. Utah's protections exclude public accommodations.

Vermont

Conversion Therapy 100% of population protected

Virginia

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Seattle

Washington

Conversion Therapy 100% of population protected

West Virginia

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Eau Claire
  • Madison
  • Milwaukee

Wisconsin

Conversion Therapy 16% of population protected


City and County Numbers:

0 counties out of 72 have an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in private employment, housing, and public accommodations.

3 cities have an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in private employment, housing, and public accommodations.


City and County Listing:

  • Eau Claire
  • Madison
  • Milwaukee

Wyoming

Conversion Therapy 0% of population protected

Key
  • State has this law Law bans conversion therapy for minors
State Conversion Therapy Law Year Passed
  Citations
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California State has this law 2012
Colorado
Connecticut State has this law 2017
Delaware State has this law 2018
District of Columbia State has this law 2014
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii State has this law 2018
Idaho
Illinois State has this law 2015
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland State has this law 2018
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada State has this law 2017
New Hampshire State has this law 2018
New Jersey State has this law 2013
New Mexico State has this law 2017
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon State has this law 2015
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island State has this law 2017
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont State has this law 2016
Virginia
Washington State has this law 2018
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
Data current as of 12/03/2018
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