Because the federal Fair Housing Act doesn’t explicitly prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, some people think it’s OK to refuse lodging or residence to LGBTs—but it’s not and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has started cracking down on people who do.
Not only has HUD followed up on 114 complaints of LGBT housing discrimination over the last two years (effectively tripling its response rate to such complaints), but they’ve also started a national ad campaign against gender based housing discrimination, a study to determine the statistics behind anti-LGBT housing discrimination nationwide and a web page where discriminated-against LGBTs can file official complaints.
They’ve also made sure to pay special attention to the transgender population, 19 percent of which has been denied housing at one point for their gender identity with another 19 percent who have gone homeless altogether.
We really gotta get that federal Fair Housing Act updated though. We mean, it’s 2011… get with the times, people.