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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