When Imani Woody’s father had a stroke in 2005, he came home from the hospital in a wheelchair. Woody, the eldest daughter, stepped in to help. She visited every weekend, paid bills, went grocery shopping and organized prescriptions for him and her stepmother.

After he moved to assisted living, Woody worried about the staffing levels and the quality of his care. So she brought him back home again and helped nurse him back to better health.

As months of caregiving turned into years, a thought lingered in Woody’s mind: Who will care for me when I need help? Who will care for my wife and my friends?

She reasoned: “If this is so hard for my father, a middle-class man, a respected preacher in his community and father of five, what will it be like for people who are out and gay?”

LGBT people are not explicitly protected from housing discrimination under federal law, but courts have interpreted existing law differently as to whether sexual orientation can be considered a form of sex discrimination. More than 20 states and the District of Columbia have passed specific protections for LGBTQ people.

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