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How LGBT Rights (With Emphasis On the T) Have Soared Under the Obama Administration

On Tuesday, the White House held a transgender policy briefing for advocates from TPOCC, the Trans People of Color Coalition, and NCTE, the National Center of Transgender Equality. The hearing covered how the U.S. government is currently addressing transgender issues (and LGBT issues in general) internally — with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Social Security Administration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S. Department of Justice — as well as externally, with the State Department and USAID, the U.S. Agency for International Development. Marriage equality in several states and the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell aren't the only positive developments that LGBT Americans have seen since Obama took office. Read more »

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Same-Sex Couples Face Significant Housing Discrimination, Historic Government Study Says

WASHINGTON -- Same-sex couples face significant levels of discrimination in the rental housing market, according to a landmark government study released on Tuesday.

The new survey by the Department of Housing and Urban Development is the first-ever study examining housing discrimination against same-sex couples at the national level.

HUD found that same-sex couples were "significantly less likely than heterosexual couples to get favorable responses to e-mail inquiries about electronically advertised rental housing." In fact, heterosexual couples were favored over gay male couples in 15.9 percent of the tests, and over lesbian couples in 15.6 percent. Read more »

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Obama Circumvents Gridlocked Congress To Advance LGBT Rights

Obama Circumvents Gridlocked Congress To Advance LGBT Rights

Don't expect any landmark gay rights bills in the 113th Congress. The GOP-controlled House of Representatives continues to use taxpayer money to uphold a law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriage, and even smaller provisions often meet with stiff resistance.

But in the meantime, the Obama administration has been advancing LGBT equality by using its executive authority in federal agencies. Working within existing law, Cabinet secretaries have searched for ways to ensure that gay men and women receive equal rights through regulatory changes. Read more »

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Get Your PHX Market Briefing, Part 2

prices rising or falling? Like train smoke (picture)In part 1, I ended with an argument I often hear from people after I describe what a "normal foreclosure market" looks like. There's always going to be some percentage of people who should not have bought a house and now they’re upside down or late on payments.

The real interesting bit we can see is that there will still be some foreclosures and short sales coming on the market. The argument I hear some people say is: Read more »

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FHA Announces Significant Price Cuts for June 11

FHA Announces Significant Price Cuts for June 11

First, a quote from our resident expert, Sr. Loan Officer of Nova Home Loans, Jeannie Bolger:

"Effective June 11, 2012--for  any FHA note that was endorsed by HUD on or before May 31st, 2009--qualifies for reduced MIP on a Streamline Refinance (No Appraisal).  Upfront MIP goes to .01% and Annual MIP will be .55%.Current upfront MIP is 1.75% and the Annual is 1.25%.HUGE SAVINGS."

What? You don't speak Klingon or Mortgagease?

This may help. Read more »

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HUD rule assists gays

The Detroit News March 10, 2012

Detroit — Taxpayer-subsidized housing providers cannot inquire about an applicant's sexual orientation or gender identity under a new U.S. Housing and Urban Development rule that went into effect this week.

The new regulations were the main focus of HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan's speech Friday at a White House-sponsored conference on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender housing and homelessness issues at Wayne State University. Read more »

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Eye Opener: Obama administration's gay outreach continues

The gay rights community scored two more small victories on Tuesday, courtesy of the departments ofHousing and Urban Development and Health and Human Services. HHS will establish the nation’s first national resource center for the support of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender senior citizens. The move is designed to help community groups support the estimated 1.5 to 4 million LGBT seniors. HUD introduced a series of proposals ensuring its housing programs do not discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
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