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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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Donor Insemination Protections for Same-Sex Couples

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  • State has laws that create legal ties to both parents for children born to same-sex parents in a legally recognized relationship (marriage or comprehensive relationship recognition)(50 states + D.C.)
  • State has laws that create legal ties to both parents for children born to same-sex parents irrespective of parents' marital status or legal recognition of their relationship (3 states + D.C.)
  • State lacks clear mechanisms that create legal ties to both parents for children born to same-sex couples via donor insemination (0 states)

Percent of LGBT Population Covered by Laws

100%

100 % of LGBT population lives in states with laws that create legal ties for children born to same-sex parents in a legally recognized relationship

5%

5 % of LGBT population lives in states with laws that create legal ties irrespective of parents' marital status or legal recognition of their relationship

0%

0 % of LGBT population lives in states lacking clear mechanisms that create legal ties to both parents

Data current as of 11/22/2016
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