In his speech, Secretary Donovan related some stories he has heard of discrimination in housing, as well as statistics on the rate at which that discrimination occurs. He went on to describe his dedication to fixing these problems at a federal level, and expressed his regret at the inequality presented to the LGBT community when it comes to housing.
Only 16 states and Washington DC have explicit protections against discrimination in housing based on gender identity. But newly proposed regulations would prevent HUD financed housing from trying to identify an individual’s LGBT status and would prevent the exclusion of eligible families because they are LGBT families. Lenders also would not be able to use sexual orientation or gender identity as a category for the approval of Federal Housing Administration mortgages. The regulations must be reviewed, but once reviewed, may be published. These steps and their advocacy by someone so high up in the administration is a mark of the progress being made for equality.