Everyone, regardless of gender identity or expression, deserves a safe place to live.

In addition to federal housing protections, there are many state and local laws that protect transgender people from discrimination and harassment in living situations. At Transgender Law Center, we regularly provide information about relevant housing laws and policies and fight for protections.

Tlc Resources


Model Policy and Legal Guide for Homeless Shelters and Housing Programs

Tools for Addressing Anti-Trans Discrimination

Other Resources


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Equal Access Rule (2012)
This 2012 rule prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in all housing programs.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Equal Access Rule (2016)
This rule revises and expands the 2012 regulation to address access to safe emergency shelters and temporary housing.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) discrimination complaint form
This link connects you with HUD’s contact information and a complaint form if you have experienced discrimination.

In The News

LGBTQ Legal Rights Organizations Move to Protect California’s Trans-Inclusive Incarceration Policy

Lambda Legal, the Transgender Law Center (TLC), and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit filed by anti-transgender activists against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) challenging SB132, the groundbreaking law protecting transgender people incarcerated in the state of California.

Families Sue Alabama Over Felony Ban on Gender-Affirming Care for Transgender Adolescents

Two Alabama families filed a lawsuit in federal court today challenging a recently passed law that criminalizes medical professionals who provide care to transgender adolescents with up to 10 years in prison. The families say being denied medically necessary care will be devastating for the mental and physical health of their adolescent children. The lawsuit alleges that the new Alabama law violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.