NFHTA Forum: LGBTQ+: Fostering Understanding and Strengthening Fair Housing for All - April 2021
April 14, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
Marcia Fudge, Secretary of HUD
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the National Fair Housing Training Academy (NFHTA) were pleased to celebrate April as National Fair Housing Month with a public forum focusing on preventing and combating housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Over 800 fair housing partners joined us in this critical conversation.
- Welcome from Acting Assistant Secretary Jeanine Worden
- HUD Leadership Remarks and Welcome from HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge
- Impact of the Bostock decision and Executive Order 13988 on recent HUD guidance from Acting Assistant Secretary Worden
- HUD Regional Director Melody Taylor moderated an engaging roundtable conversation with Delaware Senator Sarah McBride, National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) President and CEO Lisa Rice, and civil rights attorney Michael Allen of Relman Colfax to increase the understanding of LGBTQ issues:
- Sharing of personal experiences in the promotion of LGBTQ rights
- How to increase personal cultural competencies
- Key case highlights and affirmative outcomes
- Resources for advocacy, education, and outreach
- Call to action
A video of the forum has been posted on this page, along with a transcript of the conversation and a robust resources list for your continued reference. An expanded question-and-answer section will be posted to this page shortly to address questions that were not discussed during the live forum.
- Establish the framework around the Bostock Decision and Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) memorandum
- Appreciate the LGBTQ experience and build cultural competencies
- Leverage resources to prevent and combat discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
- Increase awareness and develop networks for fair housing initiatives and partnerships
Job Aid: LGBTQ : Fostering Understanding and Strengthening Fair Housing for All - Understanding Concepts and Terms
Date Published: April 2021
This job aid includes level-setting information discussed in the LGBTQ : Fostering Understanding and Strengthening Fair Housing for All NFHTA Forum, including the concepts and spectrums of sexual orientation and gender identity, preferred pronouns, and common fair housing violations in the LGBTQ community.
Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia
Date Published: June 15, 2020
In this 2020 U.S. Supreme Court decision, the Court held that the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 guards employees from discrimination, because they are gay or transgender.
Executive Order 13988 on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity of Sexual Orientation
Date Published: January 20, 2021This Executive Order, signed by President Biden on January 20, 2021, requires all federal agencies to extend existing protections on the basis of sex to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
Implementation of Executive Order 13988 on the Enforcement of the Fair Housing Act
Date Published: February 11, 2021In light of Executive Order 13988, this memorandum directs actions by HUD FHEO and HUD-funded fair housing partners to enforce the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.
Smith v. Avanti, 249 F. Supp. 3d 1194 (D. Colo. 2017)
Date Published: April 5, 2017In the context of the Fair Housing Act, discrimination based on applying gender stereotypes to someone who was assigned a certain sex at birth, constitutes discrimination based on sex.
Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District No. 1, No. 16-3522 (7th Cir.),
Date Published: May 2017
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision in 2017 recognizing that Title IX and the Fourteenth Amendment protect transgender students from discrimination at school.
Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 584 U.S. (2018)
Date Published: June 4, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court an order of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission that a baker could not refuse to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple, on the grounds that the request would violate the Plaintiff's First Amendment rights to free speech and exercise of religion.
46 Terms That Describe Sexual Attraction, Behavior, and Orientation
Date Published: December 10, 2019
A study conducted by Healthline reported that there are 46 terms that describe sexual behavior, orientation, and attraction which, is different from gender identity.
A Paired-Testing Pilot Study of Housing Discrimination against Same-Sex Couples and Transgender Individuals
Date Published: June 2017
In a research report published by the Urban Institute, it was found that, through match pair testing, that housing providers were less likely to make an appointment with gay male couples.
The LGBT Community: Buying and Renting Homes
Date Published: May 2018
Freddie Mac research found that members of the LGBT community are less likely to own a home, are more mobile, fear discrimination when buying a home, and prioritize living in LGBT-safe neighborhoods.
HUD Leadership Remarks
FHEO Leadership Remarks
Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement Compliance, FHEO, HUD
Executive Director, PAVE
Senior Advisor, National Fair Housing Training Academy
Senator, District 1
Delaware General Assembly
President and CEO
National Fair Housing Alliance
About the Forums
Forums are online conversations designed to allow multi-directional interactions between HUD and its FHIP and FHAP partners around emerging fair housing issues regarding processing complaints, conducting investigations, and managing agencies. Topics will evolve based on partner needs and interests.
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