Legal

The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services provides three advance directive forms. The three forms are: Declaration to Physicians (Wisconsin Living Will), Power of Attorney for Health Care, Power of Attorney for Finance and Property.

From the HRC: Housing for LGBT People: What You Need to Know About Property Ownership and Discrimination

From DrugWatch: LGBTQ+ Comprehensive Health & Well-being Guide

What are my rights as an LGBT-identifying person living in…

Wisconsin:

Adoption – Yes. Wisconsin bans discriminating against prospective parents. However, same-sex couples may obtain joint adoption rights through a legal agreement. There is no explicit prohibition for a same-sex partner to petition to adopt a partner’s child or child of the relationship. Second-parent adoption is illegal.

Workplace Discrimination – Illegal, based on sexual orientation. Wisconsin was actually the first state in the nation to ban it in 1982. The Wisconsin Fair Employment Act prohibits employers, employment agencies, labor unions, licensing agencies, and other persons from discriminating against employees, job applicants, or licensing applicants because of their membership in specific protected categories, including sex. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency that enforces the federal anti-discrimination laws, has taken the position that an individual’s gender identity or transgender status constitutes a form of sex discrimination. (From the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development)

Gender Reassignment – Yes. To obtain a legal name change in Wisconsin, an applicant must submit a petition to the court. The applicant must publish a notice of the hearing in a newspaper once a week for three weeks prior to the hearing date, however, the publication requirement can be waived for the applicant’s safety. (From the National Center for Transgender Equality)

Minnesota:

Adoption – Yes. Single LGBTQ+ people can petition to adopt and same-sex couples can jointly petition to adopt. No explicit prohibition on a same-sex partner petitioning to adopt a partner’s child or child of the relationship.

Workplace Discrimination – Banned. The law does allow religious organizations, youth groups, and certain small businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Gender Reassignment – Yes. To obtain a legal name change in Minnesota, an applicant must submit a petition to the court and bring two witnesses to the court as proof of identity. There is no general publication requirement for adults, but there are publication requirements if the applicant has an interest in land or is a minor. (From the National Center for Transgender Equality)

Iowa:

Adoption – Yes. Single LGBTQ+ people can petition to adopt and same-sex couples can jointly petition to adopt. No explicit prohibition on a same-sex partner petitioning to adopt a partner’s child or child of the relationship.

Workplace Discrimination – The Iowa Civil Rights Act  makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate on the basis of age (18 or older), race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability (physical or mental), or pregnancy, or to retaliate for opposition to discrimination or participation in proceedings. (From Workplace Fairness)

Gender Reassignment – Yes. In order to update the name on an Iowa ID, the applicant must submit a court order for a name change. The Iowa Department of Transportation addresses name changes here. In order for applicants born in Iowa to update the gender on an Iowa ID, they must submit an updated birth certificate. (From the National Center for Transgender Equality)