HUD sponsored

NFHTA Forum | Strategies for LGBTQI+ and Gender Identity Housing Discrimination Investigations


November 17, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST




"We'll achieve success when fair housing partners engage and strategize to move the needle on ending discrimination because of one's sexual orientation or gender identity. It is in that spirit that I encourage you to continue to learn and share your insights and best practices with HUD staff and with each other in the processing of complaints."

Demetria McCain, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD

In January 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 13988 on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation, that extends federal laws that prohibit sex discrimination to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Based on this order, HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity willfully enforce the Fair Housing Act to address discrimination inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity; this applies to FHAP and FHIP agencies as well.

The National Fair Housing Training Academy (NFHTA) and the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) hosted a public forum focused on how sexual orientation and gender identity are covered by the Fair Housing Act, established what constitutes a prima facie case of discrimination, provided some training to improve cultural competency in this field, and specified testing and investigative tools that may be utilized to investigate cases that allege discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Over 660 fair housing partners joined us in this critical conversation.


  1. Welcome from moderator, Cashauna Hill, Executive Director at the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center.
  2. Remarks by Demetria McCain, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD
  3. Remarks by Elly Kugler, Senior Council, Office of General Counsel, HUD
  4. Introduction of panelists:
    • Ryan Weyandt, CEO, LGBTQ Real Estate Alliance
    • Karen L. Loewy, Senior Counsel, Lambda Legal
    • Shivaughn Ferguson, Director of Fair Housing, Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia (HOME of VA)
  5. Presentation and discussion by panelists on:
    • Developing cultural competency with the LGBTQ community, including resources
    • The evolving state of the LGBTQIA glossary
    • What Bostock means for fair housing
    • How the Fair Housing Act applies to discrimination based on SOGI
    • Prima facie case standards to establish discrimination based on SOGI
    • Key cases involving SOGI
    • Tools to conduct testing and investigations of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity
  6. Question and answer session moderated by Ms. Hill

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.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the President's Executive Order 13988
  • Increase cultural competency about the LBGTQI community
  • Recognize what Bostock means for fair housing
  • Describe the applicable sections of the Fair Housing Act and Regulations
  • Understand the prima facie case standards
  • Recognize some key case examples
  • Apply tools to conduct investigations of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity


This forum is targeted to Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) organizations, Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) agencies, legal services providers, agencies that provide services to the LGBTQI community, housing providers, and other interested fair housing partners.


HUD Leadership Remarks

Demetria McCain Bio

Demetria McCain

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD
Elly Kugler Bio

Elly Kugler

Senior Counsel
Office of General Counsel, HUD

Live Roundtable

Cashauna Hill Bio

Cashauna Hill

Executive Director
Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center


Shivaughn Ferguson Bio

Shivaughn Ferguson

Director of Fair Housing
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia (HOME of VA)


Karen L. Loewy Bio

Karen L. Loewy

Senior Counsel
Lambda Legal


Ryan Weyandt

Ryan Weyandt

LGBTQ Real Estate 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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