LGBT Elders Need Public Housing

November 5, 2010

by Daniel Redman, Esq. | NCLR Elder Law Project Fellow

A New York Times editorial reports that there is nowhere near enough public housing across the country.  Only a quarter of folks who qualify get a lease.  The folks who win that lottery – sometimes languishing ten years on a waiting list – are likely to find apartment buildings falling apart for lack of funding.  Who does this affect?  According to the NYT, “a majority” of applicants “are elderly or disabled.”  That includes many LGBT elders.  LGBT elders are far more likely to live in poverty than straight elders.  Nearly ten percent of older lesbian couples live below the poverty line, compared to 4.5% of straight elders.  Studies bear this out in New York, Chicago, and San Diego.  For LGBT elders of color and those who live alone, the rate of poverty is likely even higher.

Call your member of Congress to tell them to support Rep. Keith Ellison’s bill to restore funding for public housing!

NCLR Applauds New Federal Fair Housing Policy Protecting LGBT People

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.

A statement from Maya Rupert, Esq., Federal Policy Attorney, National Center for Lesbian Rights

“We applaud HUD’s announcement that it will assertively enforce the Fair Housing Act to protect LGBT people and their families from gender-based housing discrimination. We also applaud HUD’s announcement earlier this month that it will jointly investigate or refer instances of alleged housing discrimination against LGBT people to state and local governments that provide explicit protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

This policy is a welcome step towards helping to end housing discrimination against LGBT people.  People should not be denied a home because of who they are, or who they love.”

Summit County, Utah Bans Anti-Gay Discrimination

June 18, 2010

by Rosemary Winters | Salt Lake City Tribune

Summit County has snagged the No. 6 spot on a growing list of Utah cities and counties that protect gay and transgender residents from discrimination.

This week, the Summit County Council voted unanimously, with two members absent but supportive, to pass two ordinances that forbid housing and employment discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

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West Valley City, Utah Passes Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

June 3, 2010

from the Associated Press

The West Valley City Council has approved an anti-discrimination ordinance to protect gay and transgender residents from discrimination in housing and employment matters.

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In Utah, Logan Adopts Ordinances to Stop Anti-Gay Bias

May 20, 2010

by Arrin Newton Brunson | Salt Lake City Tribune

In one motion, the Logan City Council on Tuesday night mandated that employers and landlords cannot discriminate against gays, lesbians or transgender people in the city limits.

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Missoula City Council Approves Non-Discrimination Ordinance

April 13, 2010

by Keila Szpaller | the Missoulian

In the wee hours Tuesday morning, the Missoula City Council adopted the first equality ordinance in Montana that protects people from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Gay Discrimination Measure Advances in Missouri House

March 23, 2010

by Tony Messenger | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Civil rights legislation that would make it illegal to discriminate against gays and lesbians in Missouri moved past an obstacle Monday that had stood in its way since 2001.

The bill had a hearing in the House.

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Statewide GENDA Call-In Day—Act Now!

March 9, 2010

Last week, the New York State Assembly passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). The only remaining obstacle to the bill becoming law is the New York State Senate. Join NCLR and Empire State Pride Agenda in making sure that the Senate votes to end discrimination against transgender New Yorkers.

Here’s what you can do to make sure that we pass GENDA this year:

•    Call Sen. Tom Duane and your State Senator’s office today! You can find your State Senator’s Albany phone number here. After letting them know the urgent need for GENDA, call Senator Tom Duane at (518) 455-2451, and ask him to support GENDA and bring it to the floor for a vote.

•    After your call, please report your results to our partners at the Empire State Pride Agenda at, and let them know which senators you called and what response your received. Your feedback will help us pass GENDA in 2010.

•    Phone bank for GENDA this Thursday. If you have time to spare, you can make a huge difference. Go to the Empire State Pride Agenda offices this Thursday, March 11th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Contact Joanna at 212.627.0305 x103 or at for more information.

78% of New York voters already support GENDA, and it’s about time that the Senate listens and ends discrimination against transgender New Yorkers. We’re at a crucial moment, and with your help, we can make sure to pass GENDA now.

In Solidarity,

HUD Seeks Help with Anti-Gay Discrimination Study

February 24, 2010

by Karen Hawkins | Associated Press

When federal officials studied housing discrimination based on race, the setup was simple: They sent in testers of different backgrounds and gauged how landlords and real estate agents treated people of color compared with whites.

As the government prepares a first-ever study of housing discrimination against gays, however, the issue is more complex. How do you design a study to make an applicant’s sexual orientation or gender identity as obvious as race and color?

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HUD to Host Town Hall Meeting in San Francisco on Housing Discrimination Against LGBT Community

February 22, 2010

At 1 p.m. on Monday, March 1, 2010, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary Raphael Bostic will host town hall meeting at the San Francisco LBGT Community Center with members of the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender community to explore the issue of housing discrimination that specifically targets them.

HUD is preparing to launch a ground-breaking national study of housing discrimination against members of the LGBT community in the sale and rental of housing. Before designing this unprecedented research effort, HUD is conducting a national listening tour with public meetings planned in Chicago, New York and San Francisco. In addition, HUD will provide an opportunity for public comment for those living outside these metropolitan areas.

WHO: HUD Assistant Secretary Raphael Bostic
Nick Panagopoulos, Mayor Newsom’s LGBT community liaison,
Kenneth Stram, San Francisco LGBT Community Center

WHAT: Public Town Hall Meeting to Address LGBT Housing Discrimination

WHEN: 1 – 4 p.m., Monday, March 1, 2010

WHERE: San Francisco LBGT Community Center
Rainbow Room
1800 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

For more information, contact Brian Sullivan in HUD’s Office of Public Affairs at 202-708-0685 or


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