Housing is a fundamental human right. It is critical to ensure LGBTQ+ Rhode Islanders are protected from housing discrimination.

The Rhode Island Fair Housing Practices Act (H6125/S563) removes outdated language from the definition of sexual orientation in Rhode Island’s civil rights laws addressing housing, employment and public accommodations and repeals exemptions that allowed discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression for smaller housing units, which make up a large percentage of housing stock in the state.

It is vitally important for Rhode Island to modernize the state’s housing laws and ensure that Rhode Islanders have fair and equal access to housing on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

Update 6/24/2021: The Rhode Island legislature passed H6125/S563. Read the statement.