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LGBT and Fair Housing


Illinois Department of Human Rights

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Links

HUD's Equal Access Rule

On February 3, 2012, HUD published a final rule in the Federal Register entitled Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity.  This rule prohibits discrimination in HUD funded housing and programs on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and creates a new regulatory provision that generally prohibits considering a person’s marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity (a person’s internal sense of being male or female) in making homeless housing assistance available. For more information:


LGBT and Shelters, Homelessness, and Youth

In February 2015, HUD issued a guidance clarifying access to emergency homeless shelters for transgender individuals and reiterating placement and privacy obligations of providers.  Among other important information, the guidance states that shelters should provide housing for individuals seeking emergency shelter that corresponds to the gender with which the person identifies.  For more on HUD’s guidance on shelter and gender identity, as well as general resources on LGBT youth homelessness, follow the links below:


National Center for Transgender Equality:


Other Resources


In addition to housing protections for sexual orientation and gender identity, The Illinois Department of Human Rights also covers age discrimination in real estate transactions, discrimination in education settings under public accommodation laws, and discrimination in employment settings.  For more LGBT resources in these areas please follow the links below: 

LGBT Seniors 












Articles & Narratives 

General LGBT Resource Links


For more information, visit the Fair Housing section of our website. 


Fair Housing Videos for LGBT


LGBT Rights & Fair Housing Fair Housing Video  

This video gives information for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people about their fair housing rights.


Los Derechos en La Vivienda LGBT Video Vivienda Justa  

Este webinario sobre discriminacón y derechos en la vivienda fue diseñado para residentes de Illinois, especialmente para personas que se identifican como lesbianas, gay, bisexuales y transexuales. A este grupo se les conoce como personas LGBT.