HUD sponsored

NFHTA Forum: LGBTQ+: Fostering Understanding and Strengthening Fair Housing for All - April 2021


April 14, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT




"In partnership with you, HUD will ensure that individuals' rights are finally protected by investigating complaints of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, expanding civil rights protections under the Fair Housing Act for LGBTQ persons trying to find a place called home."

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.


  1. Welcome from Acting Assistant Secretary Jeanine Worden
  2. HUD Leadership Remarks and Welcome from HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge
  3. Impact of the Bostock decision and Executive Order 13988 on recent HUD guidance from Acting Assistant Secretary Worden
  4. 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
  5. Closing Remarks from Acting Assistant Secretary Worden
  6. Question and answer session

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.

Training Objectives

  • 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


HUD Leadership Remarks

Marcia Fudge Bio

Marcia Fudge

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

FHEO Leadership Remarks

Jeanine Worden Bio

Jeanine Worden

Acting Assistant Secretary
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD

Live Roundtable

Melody Taylor Bio

Melody Taylor

Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement Compliance, FHEO, HUD
Executive Director, PAVE
Senior Advisor, National Fair Housing Training Academy


Sarah McBride Bio

Sarah McBride

Senator, District 1
Delaware General Assembly


Lisa Rice Bio Picture

Lisa Rice

President and CEO
National Fair Housing Alliance


Michael Allen

Michael Allen

Relman Colfax


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Disclaimer: The National Fair Housing Forum webinar series provides training by and to HUD partners, including entities and persons participating in HUD's FHAP Program and FHIP Program. The series offers multidirectional idea sharing in real-time. The views offered by speakers and participants do not necessarily reflect HUD's views. Similarly, unless otherwise noted, documents provided as part of the webinar were created and maintained by other public and private organizations and may not reflect HUD's official position. HUD-produced guidance documents, except when based on statutory or regulatory authority or law, do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. Such guidance documents are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or HUD policies. The information is not intended to provide legal advice to any individual or entity. Please refer to relevant laws and regulations and/or your own legal advisor before taking any action based on information appearing on this site or any site to which it may be linked. Some materials have been translated into languages other than English; slight variations may have resulted from the translation.

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