Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Shaun Donovan announced Jan. 28 a new regulation to protect LGBT people against discrimination in federal housing programs.
“I am proud to announce a new Equal Access to Housing Rule that says clearly and unequivocally that LGBT individuals and couples have the right to live where they choose,” Donovan said. “This is an idea whose time has come.”
The secretary made the announcement during his speech at the 24th annual Creating Change conference at the Hilton Baltimore. He’s the first Cabinet secretary to speak at Creating Change, the annual LGBT gathering hosted by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.
The measure is expected to go into effect starting in March, according to HUD officials.