Gay Guide

California
Pink Star Rating

8

Capital

Sacramento

Other Main Cities/Resorts

Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco

Gay Age of Consent

18

Lesbian Age of Consent

18

Straight Age of Consent

18

Legal Notes

California's Sodomy laws were repealed through legislative action in 1976. California is one of the 13 US states with has anti-discrimination laws protecting lesbian and gays. In California the legislation covers public and private employment, public housing and education.

Population

33.87 million

Climate

Parts of California have a cold winter, with many of the mountains providing opportunities for winter sports, despite average daily temperatures reaching 19 °c on the coast. Sunseekers will find that southern California has relatively dry sunny winters. Daily average sunshine is about 8 hours, whilst as many as 24 days on average are dry. The onset of spring removes the last of the snow from the mountains, but it is a very dry season. As many as 30 dry days may be recorded on average. The season is quite sunny, with some 9 hours of sunshine on average. Temperatures are generally little different to the winter months, although by May, the daily average maximum is up to about 20 °c. California is a State of Contrasts in the summer months. Extreme temperatures can be found in Death Valley (up to 46 °c) whilst San Francisco has cool summers due to onshore breezes and sea fog, and Los Angeles suffers extensively from smog. The average daily maximum temperatures at these cities are 21 - 24 °c, the average daily sunshine is 10-12 hours, and dryness is again a key factor, in many instances no rain being recorded at all. The autumn months are still warm, with average daily maximum temperatures attaining a comfortable 22 - 24 °C and between 8 and 10 hours of sunshine occurring, and about 28 dry days on average.

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