HUD Will Now Require Grant Applicants To Comply With Sate And Local Laws

Here’s some good news, if you live in a City or State with Anti- Gay Discrimination Laws on the books, or if in fact it’s something new, and if in fact it is actually something substantive.

From HUD (The Department of Housing And Urban Developement)

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will require grant applicants seeking HUD funding to comply with state and local anti-discrimination laws that protect lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. Today, HUD published a notice detailing the general requirements that will apply to all of the Department’s competitively awarded grant programs for Fiscal Year 2010.  

This would have been a lovely move the first day of the Obama administration, or for some time after the President repeals DADT and DOMA, and passes ENDA. But as a replacement for those actions – and that is what this is, at best a stand in for the real promises – it falls short.

What worries me is that we keep getting these small advances instead of the big ones (DADT, DOMA, ENDA), and that, after a while, the President (and HRC) will point to all of these small steps and try to suggest that the sheer number of them makes them equal to, or better, than the big ones – and they’re not. And where they are nice “crumbs” we should not accept them as as anything even resembeling substantial work by the Administration to assure equality. 


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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