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NCLR Applauds John Trasviña, Outgoing Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the Department of Housing and Urban Development

(Washington D.C., May 21, 2013)—John Trasviña, Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will be leaving HUD on May 21, 2013 to become Dean of the University of San Francisco School of Law. Assistant Secretary Trasviña has served in the Obama administration since 2009 when he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate. Under his leadership, FHEO has undertaken perhaps the most significant steps to ensure equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people across the country of any federal agency in history.

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HUD Enforces LGBT Equal Access Rule

Statement by NCLR Policy Director Maya Rupert, Esq. (Washington D.C., January 2, 2013)—Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a settlement agreement in a claim it brought against Bank of America for discriminating against a lesbian couple applying for a federally insured mortgage loan. This settlement marks HUD’s first enforcement action taken under its recently enacted LGBT Equal Access Rule.

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NCLR Applauds the Work of Raphael Bostic, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Statement by NCLR Federal Policy Director Maya Rupert, Esq. (Washington DC, June 1, 2012)—Dr. Raphael Bostic, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research (PD&R) at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will be leaving HUD on June 1, 2012. Nominated by President Obama, Dr. Bostic has served in this position since July 2009. In his capacity as Assistant Secretary, Dr. Bostic, who is openly gay, has been a dedicated advocate for LGBT rights.

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NCLR Applauds New HUD Rule Ensuring Equal Access to Housing for LGBT Community

Statement by NCLR Federal Policy Director Maya Rupert, Esq. (Baltimore, MD, January 28, 2012)—Today, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced an important new rule that greatly increases protections against housing discrimination for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. HUD announced the new rule at the 24th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, a conference hosted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

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NCLR Applauds HUD’s LGBT-Inclusive “Live Free” Campaign

Statement by NCLR Federal Policy Attorney Maya Rupert (Washington D.C., April 8, 2011)—The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) this month launched an innovative multi-media campaign to raise awareness about housing discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

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NCLR Applauds Proposed HUD Rule to Ensure Equal Access to Housing for LGBT Community

Statement by NCLR Federal Policy Attorney Maya Rupert (San Francisco, CA, January 20, 2011)—Today, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced proposed changes to a number of its core housing programs, which would provide increased protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The proposed changes will: prohibit all lenders offering Federal Housing Administration-insured mortgages from considering sexual orientation or gender identity in determining a borrower’s eligibility; prohibit owners and operators of HUD-assisted or HUD-insured housing from inquiring about the sexual orientation or gender identity of an applicant or occupant of a residence; and clarify the definition of "family" to ensure that otherwise eligible participants in any HUD programs will not be excluded based on marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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NCLR Applauds New Federal Fair Housing Policy Protecting LGBT People

A statement from the National Center for Lesbian Rights (Washington, D.C, July 2, 2010)—Today the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) praised the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new policy that provides lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and families with further assistance when facing housing discrimination. The new guidance treats gender identity discrimination most often faced by transgender persons as gender discrimination under the Fair Housing Act, and instructs HUD staff to inform individuals filing complaints about state and local agencies that have LGBT-inclusive discrimination laws.

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NCLR, Lambda Legal, and Equality California Win Legal Victory in Case Challenging Basic Property Tax Protections for Domestic Partners

California Court of Appeal Affirms Trial Court Decision Rejecting Challenge to Board of Equalization Rule (San Francisco, CA, October 3,...

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California Court of Appeal Hears Arguments in Case Challenging Basic Property Tax Protections for Domestic Partners

Continued Attacks on Domestic Partner Protections Illustrate Need for Marriage to Secure Equal Benefits for Same-Sex Couples   (San Francisco,...

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NCLR, Lambda Legal, And Equality California Win Legal Victory For Domestic Partners

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Upholds Board of Equalization Rule Protecting Surviving Domestic Partners From Increased Property Taxes (San Francisco, CA,...

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