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HUD to enforce protections from LGBT discrimination in housing, lending, and homeless shelters

Research finds LGBT people face widespread discrimination in housing, mortgage lending, and homeless shelters and services.



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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it will begin enforcing the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Williams Institute research shows that LGBT people face widespread discrimination in housing, mortgage lending, and homeless shelters and services. LGBT people have higher rates of poverty, lower rates of homeownership, and higher rates of homelessness.

“Stigma and discrimination create or exacerbate housing instability for LGBT people,” said Christy Mallory, Legal Director at the Williams Institute. “Having safe and stable housing is vital during the COVID-19 pandemic, and HUD’s action will help to ensure that LGBT people don’t lose housing because of who they are.”

Williams Institute research finds

  • An analysis of data found that 15% of LGB people report being prevented from moving into or buying a house compared to 6% of heterosexual people.
  • LGBT adults are more likely to be renters than non-LGBT adults: An estimated 50% of LGBT adults own their own homes compared to 70% of non-LGBT adults. Homeownership is even lower among LGBT racial minorities and transgender people.
  • Same-sex couples are less likely to own their homes than different-sex couples (64% and 75%, respectively).
  • 17% of LGB adults and 30% of transgender adults have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives, compared to 6% of the general population.
  • 8% of transgender adults report experiencing homelessness in the past year, compared to 3% of non-transgender LGB people and 1% of cisgender, heterosexual adults.
  • Nearly 30% of transgender respondents to the U.S. Transgender Survey who experienced homelessness reported being denied shelter due to their transgender status or gender expression. Approximately 44% reported mistreatment at a shelter, including harassment, assault, or requirements to dress or present as the wrong gender.
  • Transgender people who reported that they had been denied equal treatment in the past year because they are transgender were more than twice as likely to attempt suicide than those who had not been denied equal treatment (13% compared to 6%).
  • LGBTQ youth make up 22% of homeless youth.
  • 26 states have laws that prohibit housing discrimination based on sex but do not expressly cover both sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • 22% of LGBT adults live in poverty in the U.S. compared to 16% of non-LGBT people.
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Hobbies for Gay Men in Their Thirties



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Being a gay man in your thirties might not be the easiest thing in the world – being in your twenties is definitely better – but it’s not as hard as it seems at first. If you organize your life properly, hang out with the right people, and do the things you love doing every single day, you’ll have a great life and enjoy it to the fullest. That’s why it’s important to pick the right hobbies and dedicate as much time to them as possible. In case you’re looking for a new hobby right now, here are a few suggestions every gay man in his thirties is going to enjoy.


Man tending to his vegetable garden (Priscilla Du Preez/Unsplash)

This might seem like the most boring hobby in the world, but if you’ve never spent some time in the garden, you don’t know how enjoyable, relaxing, and nice this hobby truly is. Not only will you boost your mental health, heal your soul, and forget all about your worries, but you’ll also be doing something good for your physical health and your appearance because you’ll be producing tons of healthy veggies that will make you healthier and leaner than ever before.

Gardening is also an amazing way to meet new people in your area because all gardening fans naturally gravitate towards each other and love spending time together. This is a great way to possibly meet someone special – people in their thirties, regardless of their sex and sexual orientation, know what they’re looking for in their partner, and sharing your hobbies is on top of everyone’s list of priorities when searching for a new soulmate!


Man sitting on the floor reading books (Koolshooters/Pexels)

This is another hobby that may sound boring at first, but once you realize how cool and amazing reading is, you’re going to want to start exploring it straight away. This is something that has been attracting people for centuries, and there’s a reason for that – reading is the perfect activity for everyone, regardless of their age and preferences. No matter what your interests are and what you’re into, you’ll have no problem finding poems, novels, short stories, and essays that will suit you and your preferences.
And if you’re a gay man in his thirties, literature can help you learn more about yourself and understand your thoughts on a much deeper level. If you need to think about your identity or define who you are, you might be able to find answers in the wide range of literary works that are available to you. In the end, just imagine snuggling with someone you love while reading a book during a cold night – is there anything more perfect than that?


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Whether you’re an active or a passive person, taking photographs is something we all love doing – at home, in the streets, in nature, on vacation, in the gym, and everywhere else you go! Living in the 21st century and spending all our time using our phones means we’re in a position to document our every move, and that’s why photography is so popular right now.

However, there’s a major difference between people who do this professionally and those who just love taking selfies. If you wish to update your skills and become better than ever, you should take a course or two no matter where you live. If you’re in Sydney, for instance, you might check out those useful online photography courses that will teach you all the basics and help you become amazing at taking great photographs.


Guys playing video games. (Yan Krukov/Pexels)

This is another hobby that has been popular for a while, but with the rise of new technologies and all those developments arriving on the market almost daily, gaming is now more popular than ever. The best thing about gaming is that you can enjoy this hobby on your own, with a partner, or with a group of friends – whatever you want!

Again, gaming is a great way to boost your social life, even though most people believe that people who enjoy gaming are less sociable than everyone else. On the contrary, if you’re into gaming, you can meet tons of new people and find new friends quite easily and simply. You can even meet your new partner while enjoying your favorite game, and that’s why so many gay men choose LGBTQ-friendly video games right now.

Finding a new hobby isn’t the easiest thing in the world, especially if you’re a gay man in his thirties, but if you’re persistent and determined to find a new way to spend your time, checking out these suggestions might be a great way to go!

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