Attend HUD’s first ever study of housing discrimination against LGBT people in NYC on Friday;
is amending Fair Housing Act next?
For the first time ever, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is conducting a study of discrimination against LGBT people and families in the housing rental and sales market. Raphael W. Bostic, Assistant Secretary of HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research, will be co-hosting a stakeholder meeting with the Mayor’s Office and NYC Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn as well as with Councilmembers Rosie Mendez, Danny Dromm, and Jimmy Van Bramer. The purpose of the field hearing will be to discuss the nature of the proposed study and receive remarks from interested groups and individuals
If you live in NYC and have ever experienced discrimination in housing because of the LGBT status of yourself or someone in your family, please try to attend.
The meeting is from 1-4 p.m. at the New York LGBT Center, Room 301, which is at 208 West 13th Street (btwn 7th/8th Ave)
This hearing is important because it could be the prelude to amending the Fair Housing Act to include LGBT people. Could this be the first piece of civil rights legislation to cover LGBT people? That’s unclear. It could be if we show up and tell our stories. And that would be a great step forward indeed.
The Power has been advocating for amending the Civil Rights Act to include LGBT people (sign the petition at www.ThePowerOnline.org), and Congressman Jerold Nadler has issued a statement that he is working on legislation to include LGBT people in all federal civil rights laws. One important part of our country’s civil rights laws is the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in housing.
If you know anyone who has a story to tell, please share this invitation with them.