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Housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is a significant issue that many LGBTQ+ individuals face. Here are some key points to understand:
1. Legal Protections: The Fair Housing Act, a federal law in the United States, prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. However, it does not explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identity. Some states and local jurisdictions have laws that specifically protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination, applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This ruling may have implications for housing discrimination cases.
2. Forms of Discrimination: Discrimination can take many forms, including refusal to rent or sell housing, refusal to provide a mortgage loan, discriminatory terms or conditions for buying or renting housing, and false denials that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rent.
3. Reporting Discrimination: If you believe you've been discriminated against, you can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or your local fair housing agency.
4. Seeking Legal Advice: It can be beneficial to consult with a lawyer who specializes in housing discrimination. They can guide you through the process and help protect your rights.
5. Support and Advocacy Groups: There are numerous LGBTQ+ advocacy groups that can provide support, resources, and advice on how to handle housing discrimination.
It's important to remember that everyone has the right to fair treatment in the housing market. Discrimination is not only unethical, but it is also illegal in many jurisdictions.

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