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The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and familial status (i.e., presence of children in the household). The Fair Housing Act does not specifically include sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited bases. However, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person's experience with sexual orientation or gender identity housing discrimination may still be covered by the Fair Housing Act. In addition, housing providers that receive HUD funding, have loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), as well as lenders insured by FHA, may be subject to HUD program regulations intended to ensure equal access of LGBT persons.

 

Examples:

If you believe you have experienced (or are about to experience) housing discrimination, you should contact HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for help at (800) 669-9777. You may also file a housing discrimination complaint online. HUD will thoroughly review your allegation to determine if the claims you raise are jurisdictional under the Fair Housing Act.

Additionally you should contact your  local HUD office for assistance with alleged violations of HUD programs regulations. 

If you have a general question about LGBT fair housing issues or need information about HUD regulations intended to ensure equal access of LGBT persons, please email LGBTFairhousing@hud.gov

Finally, many state, city, and county laws specifically include sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited bases. You may wish to contact your state or local human rights agency to determine coverage under those laws. Below is a list of states, of which HUD is aware, that specifically include sexual orientation and gender identity in their state fair housing laws. We have also identified the corresponding state human rights enforcement agency. HUD does not warrant this list as current or comprehensive.

 

 

State

Bans sexual
orientation
housing

discrimination

Bans gender
identity/
expression
housing
discrimination

Enforcement Agency

California

X

X

California Department of Fair Employment & Housing - (213) 439-6703

Connecticut

X

 

X

 

Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities
(860) 541-3400

Colorado

X

X

Colorado Civil Rights Division
(303) 894-2997

Delaware

X

 

Delaware Division of Human Relations
(302)739-2207

District of Columbia

X

X

District of Columbia Office of Human Rights - (202) 727-4559

Hawaii

X

X

Hawaii Civil Rights Commission
(808)586-8636

Illinois

X

X

Illinois Department of Human Rights
(312) 814-6200

Iowa

X

X

Iowa Civil Rights Commission
(512) 281-4121

Maine

X

X

Maine Human Rights Commission
(207) 624-6050

Maryland

X

 

Maryland Commission on Human Relations (410) 767-8563

Massachusetts

X

 

X

 

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination - (617) 727-3990

Minnesota

X

X

Minnesota Department of Human Rights
(800) 657-3704

Nevada X X

Nevada Equal Rights Commission
(775) 684-3849

 

New Jersey

X

X

New Jersey Division on Civil Rights
(609) 984-3100

New Hampshire

X

 

New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights - (603) 271-2767

New Mexico

X

X

New Mexico Human Rights Bureau
(800) 566-9471

New York

X

 

New York State Division of Human Rights
(718) 741-8440

Oregon

X

X

Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries
(971) 673-0792

Rhode Island

X

X

Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights - (401) 222-2661

Washington

X

X

Washington State Human Rights Commission - (360) 753-6770

Vermont

X

X

Vermont Human Rights Commission
(802) 828-2480

Wisconsin

X

 

 

Wisconsin Equal Rights Division
(608) 266-6860