Shaun Donovan Hub




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

Donovan

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.

Continue reading "HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Announces New Policy Combating LGBT Housing Discrimination: VIDEO" »


HUD Secretary Donovan is First Cabinet Member to Back Marriage Equality, Address Transgender Event: VIDEO

Shaun Donovan, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development made history in a couple of ways last night.

DonovanMichael Lavers notes that Donovan "became the first sitting cabinet member to attend a transgender-specific event when he delivered the keynote address at the National Center for Transgender Equality's annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C."

Donovan spoke on a variety of trans-related issues. Watch his speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

He is also the first sitting Cabinet Secretary to support marriage equality, which he made clear in an interview with MetroWeekly's Chris Geidner shortly after the National Center for Transgender Equality's event:

Asked about this summer's passage of marriage equality in New York, Donovan says, ''I was enormously proud to be a New Yorker on the day that it passed. I actually worked for Andrew Cuomo when he was Housing Secretary. I worked for Mike Bloomberg who has been a constant supporter of the law – what is now law.''

He talked about how the law's passage had affected those around him, saying, ''So many friends that I know were able to achieve a dream the day that law passed. And so many neighbors.

''It made me proud to be a New Yorker – not enough to get me to move back. We've got more work to do in the Obama administration in a second term.''

Asked if that included marriage equality, Donovan confirmed it did, saying, ''Like marriage equality.''

Watch Donovan's speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "HUD Secretary Donovan is First Cabinet Member to Back Marriage Equality, Address Transgender Event: VIDEO" »


Trending



Towleroad - Blogged