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Location of LGBT Rights in Westland
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Has always been legal
Never had any laws making same-sex acitivty illegal
Gender identity/expression Change of legal gender allowed
Recognition of
relationships
Same-sex Marriage legal since 1923
Adoption Equal Adoption Rights since 1923
Military service Military Service allowed for LGBT community
Discrimination protections Sexual Orientation Protection

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Rights in Westland are highly progressive and it is ranked by various LGBTQ organisations to be the most tolerant nation in the world to LGBT issues. The ruling ideology of Westland, Strassonism, means that expression of Homophobia is punishable by law under the crime of Intolerance. A poll in 2001, showed that 97% of the population believe that homosexuality should be accepted by society. Very few people report apprehension about 'coming-out' due to fear of abuse, and there sexual orientation fueled abuse is very rare, and almost non existent. 

There has never been a law in Westland making homosexuality illegal in Westland. Westland was the first nation allowing same-sex marriage, which was legalised under the constitution since 1923, as marriage is defined as between "two individuals" with almost all of the religious element of marriage removed in Westlandic society. Same-sex couples make up approximately 16% of Westland's married population. Same-sex couples have equal access to IVF and Adoption, however commercial surrogacy is banned for box same-sex and opposite-sex couples in Westland.

Westland has continually been known as the best country in the world for LGBT people to live in, being the most tolerable of same-sex activity and having the heftiest punishments for discrimination against LGBT people. According to the 2014 census, 6% of the Westlandic population consider themselves to be openly gay. There is a large LGBT community in Westland. Teachings about homosexuality are given to students from an early age in Civic Education lessons in First and Second Education, teaching students about acceptance of themselves and tolerance to same-sex activity in the same way that students are taught about opposite-sex activity. 

Summary

Same-sex sexual activity legal YES
Equal age of consent YES
Anti-discrimination laws in employment YES
Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services YES
Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech) YES
Same-sex marriage YES 
Recognition of same-sex unions YES
Adoption by same-sex couples YES 
Gay people allowed to serve openly in the military YES
Right to change legal gender YES
Equal access to IVF for all couples and individuals YES
MSMs allowed to donate blood YES

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