Raymond Conners is a founding member of the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance and a member of the National Association of Real Estate Professionals.  He has helped members of the LGBTQ+ community buy and sell real estate in the greater Seattle area, including Bainbridge Island, Gig Harbor, King County, Jefferson County, and Kitsap County. He lives in the area with his husband and two dogs.  



Examples of housing discrimination because of sex, which includes actual or perceived gender identity and sexual orientation:

  • A realtor refuses to show houses listed for sale to a potential buyer because the buyer is transgender.
  • A housing provider refuses to rent a house to a same sex couple because of their “family composition,” which is comprised of two individuals of the same sex, rather than two individuals of the opposite sex.
  • A maintenance worker employed by a housing provider subjects a female tenant to pervasive harassment because she is a lesbian.  Additional discrimination occurs when the tenant reports the harassment to the housing provider who fails to take any action to stop the harassment.
  • A tenant is evicted after the housing provider discovers the tenant has dated persons of the same sex and identifies as bisexual.
  • A same-sex couple asks a realtor to see rental units throughout the city but is only shown rental units in a part of the city known for having many LGBTQ residents.
  • A building manager refuses to authorize repairs to a tenant’s unit after observing the tenant’s teenage daughter holding hands with her girlfriend. The manager explained that he does not agree with the teenager’s “homosexual lifestyle” and that the tenant will need to make the repairs himself.   
  • The leasing manager at a 55+ community rejected a male tenant’s request to add his same-sex partner to his lease stating, in writing, that the community only accepts married couples in unions between “one man and one woman."

Examples of housing discrimination against persons identifying as LGBTQ may also occur because of, or in addition to, other characteristics protected by the Fair Housing Act, e.g., race, national origin, color, religion, disability and familial status:

  • It is unlawful for a landlord or housing provider of a covered dwelling to deny housing because of actual or perceived HIV/AIDS status.
  • A housing provider may not refuse to rent to an otherwise qualified LGBTQ family with children under age 18.

The Inaugural Housing Policy Symposium Report from the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance

"Discrimination in Home Ownership

Many in the real estate community are surprised to learn that sexual orientation and gender identity are not protected classes under the Fair Housing Act. In fact, 27 states offer no housing protections for LBGTQ+ people, a total of more than 3 million people according to UCLA’s Williams Institute.

Even so, most Americans are unaware that there are not anti-discrimination laws in place to protect LGBTQ+ individuals in housing. In GLAAD’s 2020 Accelerated Acceptance study, 89% of non-LGBTQ+ respondents and 78% of LGBTQ+ respondents currently believe it is illegal to evict someone from housing due to their sexual or gender identity, even though it is not [by federal law].

Transgender adults are also subjected to housing discrimination as one in five have faced discrimination when seeking a home, with more than one in 10 being evicted from their homes due to their gender identity, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality.

LGBTQ+ people of color are at an even greater risk of experiencing housing discrimination. compared to white LGBTQ+ individuals.

Housing facilities for seniors, such as nursing homes and independent living facilities, are not always a supportive environment for LGBTQ+ elders to be open with their identity. In many places, facilities can deny LGBTQ+ elders of housing on the basis of their sexual or gender identity or have treated their LGBTQ+ residents very poorly. In a study by the National Senior Citizens Law Center, it was found that staff members subjected many LGBTQ+ residents to physical and/or verbal harassment and refused to use their preferred names and/or pronouns.

It’s Time for the Equality Act: Late New York Congresswoman Bella Abzug was the first to introduce a version of the Equality Act in 1974. For decades, the bill never made it out of committee to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. That changed on May 17, 2019, when the Equality Act not only came to a vote, but passed overwhelmingly. Unfortunately, the U.S. Senate did not move the bill forward. But the Equality Act is back. On February 26 - in the 117th Congress - H.R. 5 passed the House once again. It is now with the Senate, and President Biden has declared he will sign it into law when it reaches his desk. The Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act to once and for all make it illegal to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity in almost all aspects of life including housing and credit."

I am proud that Coldwell Banker was the first real estate company to endorse the Equality Act. Please urge Congress to pass this Act immediatley before the Supreme Court takes away more of our rights. 


Human Rights Campaign

Williams Institute

HUD Fair Housing


Coldwell Banker Diversity

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