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LGBT and making a homeless application

This page discusses issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who need to make an application as homeless to a local authority.

This content applies to Scotland

LGBT and homelessness

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful for service providers such as a local authority to discriminate against someone on the grounds of their sexual orientation or gender reassignment when carrying out its homelessness functions. [1]

LGBT couples living together, or wishing to do so, should be accepted on the same basis as heterosexual couples. The legislation includes same-sex couples in the definition of family members and they can therefore be expected to reside together.

For further information about the law on homelessness, please see the section on homelessness.

Last updated: 12 August 2020


  • [1]

    s.29 and s.149 The Equality Act 2010