Fair Housing Act covers LGBT people, federal court rules

  • A federal court has ruled for the first time that a federal fair housing law protects LGBT people on the basis of sex discrimination.

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In April 2015, landlord Deepika Avanti refused to rent one of her townhouses to the Smith family in the tiny town of Gold Hill, Colorado, in Boulder County. Avanti denied the Smiths, spouses Tonya Smith and Rachel Smith, who is transgender, and their two children, housing because of concerns regarding the children and “noise” as well as the Smiths’ “unique relationship.”