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HUD Enforces LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ Equal Access Rule. The rule, which represents one of the most significant federal...

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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 LGBTQ rights. Under his leadership,...

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Department of Housing and Urban Development Unveils LGBTQ Equal Access Policy

In a powerful speech on Saturday, January 28th, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan made history when he unveiled HUD’s LGBTQ Equal Access policy—a new rule that will protect more than 5.5 million people across the country from discrimination in public housing and Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured mortgages. The new rule, announced at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s annual Creating Change conference, will improve the lives of LGBTQ...

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NCLR Applauds New HUD Rule Ensuring Equal Access to Housing for LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ Equality: Creating Change, a conference hosted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. The new rule,...

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NCLR, HUD, HHS Co-Host First-Ever National Summit on LGBTQ Elder Housing, Health, and Long-Term Care Issues

Statement by NCLR Federal Policy Director Maya Rupert, Esq. (Washington D.C., December 9, 2011)—This week, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) co-hosted a day-long summit on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elder housing issues with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This is the first-ever national event to address housing, health and long-term care issues for LGBTQ elders. More than 90 people registered...

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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. The yearlong campaign, called “Live Free,” includes images of LGBTQ people in online and print advertisements, with the headline: “Should Gender Stereotypes Influence...

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NCLR Applauds Proposed HUD Rule to Ensure Equal Access to Housing for LGBTQ 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...

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NCLR Applauds New Federal Fair Housing Policy Protecting LGBTQ 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...

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