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HUD Proposes New Rules to Ensure Equal Access to LGBT People

The Department of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday proposed rule changes ensuring equal access to housing regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Writes Ed O'Keefe at the Washington Post: Hud

The department unveiled a series of proposed rule changes Thursday that would prohibit lenders from using sexual orientation or gender identity as a way of determining a borrower's eligibility. In a nod to same-sex marriages and same-sex parents, the rule change would state that eligible families have the opportunity to participate in HUD-based programs regardless of marital status or sexual orientation.

The new rules, if adopted, also would prohibit owners and operators of HUD-funded housing from asking applicants or occupants of the housing about sexual orientation or gender identity.


The proposed rules must undergo a 60-day public comment period before formal implemented. If approved, they would joint a growing list of policy and procedural changes made by federal agencies that don't require congressional approval, including gender-neutral passport application forms, changes to how the U.S. Census Bureau counts same-sex relationships and the extension of fringe benefits to the same-sex partners of gay and lesbian federal workers.

I've embedded HUD's document detailing the proposed rule changes, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Sounds good but HUD needs to clean its own house. My neighbor has worked at HUD for some 28 years and is one of the few openly gay men there. He has NEVER been promoted even though he has outstanding performance ratings every year and has been selected as Federal Employee of the Year in each of the last three decades. HUD officials and managers are incredibly homophobic and in a recent poll taken by hundreds of thousands of Federal workers, HUD ranked last as a place to work. Federal Times, the Federal employee newspaper, actually advises their readership to avoid applying for or transferring to HUD. Sad, isn't it? My neighbor has two more years and he can retire but he will be forced to find another job because his retirement is so low (due to lack of promotions) that he will actually qualify for Section 8, the only HUD program for low-income families. HUD is a joke.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Jan 21, 2011 11:29:41 AM

  2. I confess I got hung up on the title of this particular posting. While I'd love to think we need to guarantee equal access "to" LGBT people, I think you actually meant equal access "for" LGBT people.

    Posted by: Shane | Jan 21, 2011 1:52:19 PM

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