Gender (Sex) Discrimination (Including Gender Identity)

Gender discrimination under fair housing laws includes treating someone differently because they are male or female. In addition, recent guidance issued by the federal government also protects persons from housing discrimination due to their gender identity under the federal protection of gender. Topics below include domestic violence, gender identity/expression/transgender, and sexual harassment.

Gender based housing discrimination can take many forms including:

  • Being denied housing or a housing related service due to your gender.
  • Having rules or policies applied differently to you due to your gender.
  • Having a housing provider make sexually explicit comments to you; solicit you for sex or sexual favors in exchange for rent, deposits, to have repairs made, or to keep an eviction from happening.
  • One-strike-you’re-out policies which unfairly impact survivors of domestic violence by keeping them from being able to reach out for help or assistance.

Domestic Violence and Assault: 

Gender Identity, Expression, and Transgender:

Transgender is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity, expression or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth, including but not limited to transsexuals, crossdressers, androgynous people, genderqueers, and gender non-conforming people. Recent guidance issued by the federal government protects persons from housing discrimination due to their gender identity under the federal protection of gender. Residents of Indianapolis and Marion County also have such protection from housing discrimination under a local ordinance. Some states (Indiana not included) also provide state protection. You should review your state’s fair housing law or your community’s human rights/relations law or ordinance for any local protections.

Sexual Harassment: 

 

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