Sexual Orientation

LGBT Federal Housing Protections

Currently, there are no federal laws that prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation. However, the Fair Housing Act does include protection on the basis of gender. Therefore, gender non-conforming, gender ambiguous, or transgender individuals may seek protection from housing discrimination under this basis.

Equal Access Rule

The LGBT Equal Access Housing Rule implemented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development states that LGBT individuals cannot be denied housing in federally subsidized housing related programs (i.e. Section 8, public housing, FHA insured mortgages, etc.).

LGBT Washington State Protections

On June 8th, 2006, the Washington State Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) (RCW 49.60) prohibited discrimination in housing on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. This law protects you from a denial of a rental or sale or other housing-related transactions. It is discriminatory for you to be treated differently due to your sexual orientation or gender identity such as given less amenities, charged for a spouse, or told to live in a certain building, area or neighborhood, etc.

Protected Class Sexual Orientation