Today: Historic House Hearing on Housing Discrimination
March 11, 2010
Today, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, chaired by long-time advocate for our community Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), is holding a hearing entitled “Protecting the American Dream – A Look at the Fair Housing Act.” Among the topics of today’s hearing is extending federal housing protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people – the first time Congress has held a hearing including the issue of housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, will be one of the witnesses. HRC has submitted written testimony for the record – read it here [pdf]. The hearing begins at 1:30pm eastern – you can watch a live stream of the proceedings here. Housing discrimination has garnered a lot of attention lately – as we told you earlier, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is working on regulations to address discrimination in HUD-administered housing and home loans and is undertaking a national survey on LGBT housing discrimination. It’s great to see Congress and the administration finally acknowledging that this type of discrimination exists and working to address it! UPDATE: After yesterday’s hearing, Rep. Nadler announced that he and House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) were introducing the Fair and Inclusive Housing Rights Act of 2010, H.R. 4820, a bill that would amend the Fair Housing Act to include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. We thank Representatives Nadler and Conyers for translating the call to action at the hearing into legislation and look forward to working with them to move this important measure forward.