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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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Medical Decision-Making Policies by State

Medical decision-making policies govern whether an LGBT person can make medical decisions for their same-sex partner or spouse, if their partner or spouse is incapacitated or otherwise not able to make their own decisions.

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  • Law explicitly gives same-sex couples equal or substantially equivalent standing to other family members(50 states + D.C.)
  • Law offers limited recognition of same-sex partners through broad language (0 states)
  • Same-sex couples treated as legal strangers (0 states)
In the absence of powers of attorney or a medical directive, states may designate the person who can make medical decisions for a patient who is incapacitated. May require legally recognized relationship. For additional information, contact Family Equality Council, Human Rights Campaign, or American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Laws’ recognition of same-sex couples can impact bisexual and transgender people in same-sex relationships.

Percent of LGBT Population Covered by Laws

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100 % of LGBT population lives in states with inclusive medical-decision making laws

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0 % of LGBT population lives in states with limited recognition of same-sex couples

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0 % of LGBT population lives in states where same-sex couples are treated like legal strangers

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Data current as of 11/22/2016
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