The Situation at the Federal Level


In 2011, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) clarified its policies regarding LGBT discrimination. HUD ensured that all of its core programs, including public housing, rental vouchers, and home financing, would be open to anyone who needs them, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.


If you believe you have been a victim of discrimination in housing you can follow HUD’s guidelines for filing a complaint (En Español.)


The Situation in Illinois


Illinois prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in housing and public accommodations (775 ILCS 5/Art. 3). Equality Illinois guided the effort to outlaw discrimination against LGBT Illinoisans with the passage of an amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act in 2005.


Illinois Department of Human Rights


To learn more about the protections of the Human Rights Act or to file a housing discrimination complaint, visit the Illinois Department of Human Rights website (En Español).


“Know Your Rights” Pamphlet

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“Know Your Rights” Housing Pamphlet

Much of this information is summarized in the Equality Illinois “Know Your Rights” pamphlet. You can make your own 3-fold pamphlets for personal use or multiple copies for your organization. You can see and download it HERE.