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HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Announces New Policy Combating LGBT Housing Discrimination: VIDEO


Speaking at NGLTF's Creating Change conference over the weekend in Baltimore, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that a new policy proposed last year combating LGBT housing discrimination is to be published and finalized this week and go into effect in 30 days.

MetroWeekly reported, over the weekend:

"Today, I am proud to announce a new equal access to housing rule that says clearly and unequivocally that LGBT indivduals and couples have the right to live where they choose," he told the audience, which rose to its feet with applause.

Donovan detailed that the rule, saying that it includes a new equal access provision that prohibits discrimination in HUD-backed housing programs. It also, he said, guarantees that LGBT individuals are eligible for HUD's public housing programs and states that discrimination is prohibited on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in all Federal Housing Administration-backed loans -- which Donovan said constituted 40 percent of all loans for Americans who bought a home last year.

Donovan's speech is now online. He's introduced by National Gay and Lesbian Task Force executive director, Rea Carey.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Additionally, Carey's State of the Gay and Lesbian Movement address can be found here.

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  1. Come on, Obama haters.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 2, 2012 8:30:47 AM

  2. I think most know how I feel about this issue and the HUD Secretary. My neighbor, openly gay and employed by HUD for the last 29 years, has been discriminated against repeatedly by his own HUD co-workers and HUD officials. Donovan can trumpet a non-discrimination policy but without credibility or belief by his own employees, it is useless. HUD needs to ensure every openly gay HUD employee is treated as fairly as Donovan claims HUD housing is to be for America's citizens.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Feb 2, 2012 8:56:36 AM

  3. This is good news. It is very hard to justify housing discrimination against anyone. Housing is a human need, not a luxury.

    Posted by: Mary | Feb 2, 2012 2:33:03 PM

  4. OS2GUY, you cite one example of one HUD employee--a "neighbor" whose hearsay you obviously have chosen to believe--as evidence that HUD's policy change is not credible.

    Even if your neighbor's story is true, does it carry as much weight as a sweeping change in policy that affects tens of thousands of people who interact with HUD?

    I'm sick to death of nay-sayers. For crying out loud, can't we just celebrate a victory--and be happy--once in a while?

    Sometimes I wonder: Are some of us so addicted to being marginalized that we can't even acknowledge a win?

    Posted by: Carl | Feb 6, 2012 11:24:42 AM

  5. does anyone ever review the pet policy;visiting pet"s not aloud it keep"s family from visiting on holiday"s xmas easter thansgiving and so on- family from out of state have no choice but to take dog with then someone with the power please review dog policy and reconsider so we can see are families once in awhile thank you so very much roger hurd

    Posted by: ROGER hurd | Jul 11, 2012 4:08:04 PM

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