Earlier this month, HUD published a final rule in the Federal Register entitled Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity. The rule creates a new regulatory provision that generally prohibits considering a person’s marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity (a person’s internal sense of being male or female) in making housing assistance available. Now lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are guaranteed equal access to all housing and shelters.
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said, “HUD is working to ensure that our housing programs are open to all” and that the rule states “clearly and unequivocally that LGBT individuals and couples have a right to live where they chose.”
Access to the final rule document and webinar can be found on HUD’s page at: www.hud.gov/lgbthousingdiscrimination. Or you can watch the webinar through youtube at: http://,youtube.com/watch?v=lKcMIyQZzaO&feature=colike