NFHTA Forum | Bostock and Beyond: Practical Applications of LGBTQIA+ Fair Housing Protections

June 26, 2024 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT Online


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Equal opportunity to access, use, and enjoy housing, including rental housing and homeownership opportunities, is the cornerstone of America’s federal housing policy. However, LGBTQIA+ individuals’ housing opportunities are often constrained by others’ prejudice because of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. According to a 2020 UCLA study, same-sex couples are significantly more likely to report they were refused housing (15 percent vs. 6 percent) and are less likely to own homes than different-sex couples (64 percent vs. 75 percent).

This forum is dedicated to enrich fair housing professionals’ understanding of the fair housing protections afforded to the LGBTQIA+ community as described in the HUD-sponsored LGBTQIA+ Fair Housing Toolkit. This forum will explore the practical applications of three key policy landmarks: Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia; President Biden’s January 20, 2021, Executive Order 13988 on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation; and HUD’s Implementation of Executive Order 13988 on the Enforcement of the Fair Housing Act guidance. Additionally, the forum will clarify LGBTQIA+ related protections afforded in HUD programs under the Equal Access Rule.

Participants will learn how the Fair Housing Act can be used to enforce the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community and for specific groups within it. The forum’s panelists will provide insight into housing experiences of LGBTQIA+ individuals who have a higher risk of experiencing housing discrimination including both seniors, youth, people of color, and transgender individuals. In addition, panelists will provide applied examples of the ways LGBTQIA+ discrimination can manifest. Finally, panelists will highlight how housing providers can utilize robust non-discrimination housing policies and practices to foster a diverse and inclusive housing environment.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the LGBTQIA+ fair housing protections available under the Fair Housing Act’s sex-based protections, which include sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Explore populations at greatest risk for discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, particularly youth, those who are transgender, and seniors
  • Explore the concept of intersectionality — that individuals may experience discrimination based on multiple protected characteristics
  • Recognize how federally funded housing must comply with HUD’s Equal Access Rule


This forum is targeted to HUD-funded fair housing organizations (i.e., FHIP and FHAP professionals), fair housing partners (e.g., housing counselors, legal service providers, and civil rights advocates), and others in the housing industry.    



Cashauna Hill

Cashauna Hill

Executive Director
The Redress Movement


Alexandria Lippincott

Alexandria Lippincott

Trial Attorney
Office of General Counsel, Fair Housing Enforcement Division, HUD

HUD Opening Remarks

Allen Morris Bio

Allen Morris

Director of Policy
National LGBTQ Task Force


Josh Dubensky

Josh Dubensky

Housing Policy Advocate Associate
SAGE - Advocacy & Services for LGBTQ+ Elders


Kyle Webster

Kyle Webster

Vice President of Housing and General Counsel
ACTION-Housing, Inc.


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