Sexual orientation is a protected class under Oregon and Washington state and local fair housing laws. It is defined as actual or perceived male or female heterosexuality, bisexuality, or homosexuality. Most statutes include gender expression and identity under this protected class. It is important to note that one kind of sexual orientation or gender identity is not more protected than another; all of us are equally protected under the laws.

In other words, one may not be treated differently, denied, or harassed in a housing setting or transaction because of one’s real or perceived sexual orientation of gender identity.

While sexual orientation and gender identity are not codified into federal law, HUD issued related guidance and new requirements in 2010,  early 2012 and the Final Rule in September 2016:

09/20/16
The Final Rule

01/30/12
HUD Announces New Regulations to Ensure Equal Access Regardless of Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity



06/15/10