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HUD probing gay housing discrimination

By Ed O'Keefe

Updated 3:25 p.m. ET
The Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to study the impact of housing discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans, fulfilling the wishes of gay rights groups who believe landlords regularly discriminate based on sexual orientation.

HUD officials recently held town hall meetings in Chicago, New York and San Francisco to solicit feedback on how to conduct the study and are also soliciting ideas online.

Local and state groups have conducted studies on gay housing discrimination in certain areas of the country, but there is no definitive national assessment of the issue, HUD said. A 2007 study in Michigan found that nearly 30 percent of same-sex couples were treated differently when trying to buy or rent a home.

A forthcoming study by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force finds that 11 percent of transgender people surveyed said they have been evicted and 19 percent have become homeless because of the bias.

"We know that a segment of our population has repeatedly been shut out of that portion of the American dream, and this must change,” said Rea Carey, executive director of the Task Force.

HUD's decision is another victory for gay rights activists who have fought since the 2008 Bush-Obama transition for a series of changes to federal policy regarding GLBT Americans.

Beyond anticipated changes to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and the Census Bureau's impending release of same-sex marriage data, gay leaders have said in the past that they are pushing for several other changes, including a change to federal paperwork so that forms state “Parent 1 and Parent 2” instead of “Father and Mother" and increased federal funding to assist homeless gay teens, among other issues.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | March 17, 2010; 2:06 PM ET
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Comments

We're in the middle of a housing crisis, millions of foreclosures, people struggling to make mortgage payments and we're going to study what?

Posted by: hsgadvocate | March 17, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Your headline is offensive. It makes it sound like gays are committing discrimination. This is not possible.

Posted by: corrections | March 17, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Is this for real? Who cares about gays.

Posted by: wpjunk | March 17, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Hsgad:

What better time to study this? Gays are losing their housing just like everyone else. Then you add on anti-gay bias, and the problem is even worse.

Posted by: Hillman1 | March 17, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Reading the comments left by other blogers, I can see why this is an issue; with comments like "who cares about gays" and then wonder why no one cares about YOU!! I hope you never find yourself in a position of having a gay/lesbian child or other young person in your life. All forms of discrimination are morally wrong. It woud be interesting and perhaps useful to acquire data on homeless gay teens and young adults. Of course, there could be many other reasons besides their sexual orientation they are homeless, but I wonder if the rate of homelessness among gay/lesbian teens and young adults is higher than the population at large?

Posted by: Bfeely600 | March 17, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Housing discrimination should not be tolerated PERIOD! Kudos to HUD and Secretary Donovan for this bold move.

Posted by: SaysEye | March 17, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about HUD and the Census Bureau?

Posted by: kenk3 | March 17, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

For all the conservative Christians out there, do not freak out! I tend to always think that this is a step towards acceptance in our society of diversity...and yes I do include a difference in lifestyle a part of diversity.

It is wrong for such biases to lead someone or even a couple of people to lose their homes. This is absolutely discrimination and if we are protected under the constitution over race and gender choice of lifestyle should be included. I see nothing wrong with this and do not see it as a total waist of time. America is supposed to be the "UNITED" States, if our population can not learn to accept and maybe even tolerate people with opposing views as them then we are going no where in this country.

Posted by: ladisasterejp | March 17, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

...what about discrimination of pets...yeah, you know...cats, dogs....there ought to be a law....before you know it, homeOWNERS are going to figure that they have some rights, too.....like in the good old days.

Posted by: connyankee1 | March 18, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

...what about discrimination of pets...yeah, you know...cats, dogs....there ought to be a law....before you know it, homeOWNERS are going to figure that they have some rights, too.....like in the good old days.

Posted by: connyankee1 | March 18, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I'm at a loss here, what do homeowner have to do with anything? What someone does in bed is hardly a homeownwers concern. Renters normally live in apartment buildings, rarely in someone's home. Yeah, if I rent a room out, than I have the right to rent to someone compatable. Other than that who knows, or has a right to open their mouths? Not you or I. that much I am sure of. Besides, I hear it is every straight guys fantasy for two girls to get it on while they watch. So much for homophobia!! We all have enough trouble taking care of ourselves, and getting it right if possible, that we really needn't worry about the other fellow, he or she should have the right to live in peace.

Posted by: GuyCIII | March 18, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

With gays living next door would confirm verity, that gays are just like everyone else...

Posted by: edmundsingleton1 | March 19, 2010 4:23 AM | Report abuse

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