Posted on 03. Feb, 2012 by Dominique Bartley
Have you ever been discriminated against because of your sexual orientation or gender identity? Well, no need to fear, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Fair Housing are here. Making rights equal to all individuals, Shaun Donovan, HUD Secretary, introduced a new rule in the Federal Register today that bans discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity in all HUD programs.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Rule requires owners and renters of HUD operated programs to make housing available without regard to the sexual orientation or gender identity of an applicant. This policy will also be instituted in HUD rental assistance and homeowner programs, including Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insurance programs, community development programs, and public and assisted housing programs. The LGBT rule will also protect families that have one or more that is an LGBT individual or in a LGBT relationship. The final rule will take effect on March 5, 2012.
Although the LGBT Rule does not apply everywhere, HUD programs are no longer allowed to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. This rule does not mean that sexual orientation or gender identity are protected classes under the Fair Housing Act, but it does give the Fair Housing Center some additional tools that will help fight this type of discrimination. If you have any questions about housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, visit us on the web at www.gnofairhousing.org or call us at (504) 596-2100.
Read a HUD press release on the rule here.