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

(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 LGBT people in online and print advertisements, with the headline: “Should Gender Stereotypes Influence Where You live?  Learn More.” Since President Obama took office, HUD has taken a number significant steps  to ensure that LGBT people have equal access to fair housing and HUD services and programs.

In February 2011, HUD issued a proposed rule that will provide equal access for LGBT people and families to a number of HUD programs and services. NCLR has repeatedly partnered with HUD to assist with this work.  Most recently, NCLR was the lead drafter for comments submitted by a coalition of over 30 groups to provide comments on the proposed new rule.

A Statement by NCLR Federal Policy Director Maya Rupert:

“The Live Free campaign sends a powerful message that housing discrimination against the LGBT community is wrong and deserves national attention.  We are particularly excited to see the campaign reflect the diversity of the LGBT community. Studies have shown that LGBT people of color are disproportionately targeted for housing discrimination, and we applaud HUD for its tremendous leadership in reaching out to LGBT people of color in this groundbreaking campaign.”

Media Contact:

NCLR Communications Director Erik Olvera | Office: 415.392.6257 x324 | EOlvera@NCLRights.org

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