On September 26, 2011 both chambers of the U.S. Congress introduced legislation that would extend housing discrimination laws to include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The HOME (Housing Opportunities Made Equal) Act was introduced by Sen. John Kerry and others. The bill would amend the Fair Housing Act to prohibit housing discrimination and intimidation on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Wisconsin is one of 13 states and the District of Columbia that already outlaws housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. However, currently only 8 states afford fair housing protection based on gender identity and Wisconsin is not one of those states.