Summary & History
Policy: U.S. Department of Agriculture Rule Impacting Rural Americans
STATUS: Final, Federal
NCLR is committed to working closely with the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure that its services are fully accessible to the LGBT people and families that live and work in rural America.
Because of misconceptions about LGBT people in rural communities, too often, the needs and vulnerabilities of this community are overlooked. NCLR has partnered with USDA in its development of a critically important regulations that will increase access to its programs and services. USDA has long prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and marital status in its conducted programs, but this new regulation adds gender identity as a prohibited basis for discrimination. This rule will govern many important programs administered by USDA, including housing loans for low-income families living in rural communities.