Expanding the Fair Housing Act

March 15, 2010 posted by admin

Last week, a bill was introduced into the House that would expanded the Fair Housing Act of 1968 to included protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. If passed, it will be the second piece of federal legislation to include gender identity protections (the first was the Hate Crimes Prevention Act). Housing discrimination is a serious issue for LGBT communities. According to testimony submitted by Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 11% of trans folks have been evicted because of their trans identity and 19% have been homeless.

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