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HUD Sec. Becomes First Cabinet Member to Address Transgender Organization

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan last night became the first sitting US Cabinet Secretary to address a transgender organization when he keynoted the eight annual National Center for Transgender Equality’s (NCTE) award ceremony.

Donovan spoke to the discrimination many transgender Americans face – particularly when it comes to equitable housing, which he sees as a gateway to opportunity. In his remarks, Donovan said: "No one should ever have to hide their identity in order to find a home. Not in America."

Donovan touted new proposed regulations that would prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity across several HUD programs. The agency also is conducting a first-of-its-kind study to learn more about the discrimination LGBT Americans face in receiving affordable housing. And he assured the NCTE audience that feedback around housing issues for LGBT applicants is not falling on deaf ears within his agency.

Donovan’s remarks come on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance, an opportunity for communities to come together and mark the passing of transgender or those perceived to be transgender individuals who have been murdered because of hate. Learn more about this day and find events in your community.

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