state protection

Sexual Orientation (OR / WA)

discrimination is prohibited

Sexual Orientation as a Protected Class (OR / WA)

Sexual orientation is a protected class under Oregon and Washington state and local fair housing laws. It is defined as actual or perceived male or female heterosexuality, bisexuality, or homosexuality. Most statutes include gender expression and identity under this protected class.

It is important to note that one kind of sexual orientation or gender identity is not more protected than another; all of us are equally protected under the laws. In other words, one may not be treated differently, denied, or harassed in a housing setting or transaction because of one’s real or perceived sexual orientation of gender identity.

While sexual orientation and gender identity are not codified into federal law, HUD issued related guidance and new requirements in 2010 and again in early 2012:

LGBTQ Equal Access to HUD Housing
HUD Webinar

HUD Announces New Regulations to Ensure Equal Access Regardless of Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity
HUD Media Release
HUD Final Rule

Assessing Alligations of Housing Discrimination from LGBTQ Individuals and Families
HUD Webinar

Assessing Complaints that Involve Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression
HUD Media Release

HUD Requires Compliance with Local LGBT Protections
HUD Media Release

Pages 42-43 of the Top 100 Fair Housing FAQs for Landlords provides a good discussion of this topic.

NOTE: Compliments of the Fair Housing Partners of Washington State. While a few Washington state references will be different, the majority of this document is equally relevant and helpful for those in Oregon.

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Misc. Resources



Self-Assessment Compliance Checklist and Suggested Best Practices for Various Housing Transactions

NOTE: Compliments of the Washington State Human Rights Commission. While a few Washington state references will be different, the majority of thisdocument is equally relevant and helpful for those in Oregon.

LGBTQ Older Adults in Long-Term Care Facilities: Stories from the Field
LGBTlongtermcare.org post and video

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