LGBT persons in Pennsylvania are still facing discrimination and limited rights.
Pennsylvania’s sodomy laws have been repealed. Thus, same-sex activities are allowed.
Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships
Pennsylvania does not recognize same-sex relationship of any type. This includes marriages, civil unions and domestic partnerships.
However, Philadelphia and Pittsburg provides domestic partnership registries and protection.
Regardless of sexual orientation, a single person may adopt children. Furthermore, a second-parent may add his or her name to the completed adoption.
Discrimination and Hate Crimes Protections
For private companies, Pennsylvania does not offer workplace discrimination protection based on sexual orientation. And as of 1975, the United States gave an executive order to Pennsylvania to offer workplace discrimination protection based on sexual orientation. And in 2003, the United States added sexual identity protection to that executive order.
There is no hate crime protection for LGBT individuals.
Gender Reassignment Surgery
Doctors are allowed to perform sex change surgeries.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
A Pennsylvania lawyer can help you seek your legal rights. Moreover, a lawyer can help assess your case and represent you in court proceedings.