The LGBT Community

As a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender (LGBT) community you have the right to “Live Free” of real/perceived housing discrimination.  The following laws offer protection to members of the LGBT Community in housing:

While there is no federal law that directly, lends protection to the LGBT Community.  The Fair Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968) prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, financing of or other housing-related transactions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status or disability. But it does not protect people against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Housing discrimination against LGBT people comes in a variety of actions.   On January 24, 2011, HUD issued guidelines that explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity, sexual orientation, or marital status in all federally-funded housing programs. These regulations apply to all public and assisted housing and rental assistance (voucher) programs that receive federal funds (including homeless shelters and other temporary housing), as well as to federally-insured home mortgages

Municipalities that Prohibit Discrimination

There are more than 240 local jurisdictions that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment and, in most cases, housing and public accommodations. About 60 of these also prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression. Check with your local government for more information.