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HUD secretary announces equal access housing rule
HUD secretary announces new equal access to housing rule for LGBT individuals, couples
By The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) ' An Obama administration official has announced a new rule that prohibits owners and operators of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-funded housing from inquiring about an applicant's sexual orientation or gender identity.

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said Friday that rule took effect this week.

He made the announcement at a White House conference on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender housing and homelessness in Detroit.

Donovan called the rule "a real demonstration" of how important the issue of LGBT housing discrimination is to him and the White House.

Friday's conference at Wayne State University brought together advocates, community leaders and the public to discuss the issue of the tens of thousands of homeless youths across America who are LGBT.

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