Monday, August 18, 2014

LGBTQ rights to be focus of free symposium

The following is a release from the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. It is shared unedited here:
The rights of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) individuals to equal housing opportunity is the focus of a free symposium on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
The program will run from 9 AM though 4 PM in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. 
Join the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities CHRO, National Center for Lesbian Rights NCLR, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD and other community partners for a day of education.
The program will include presentations on: What constitutes LGBTQ housing discrimination; The impact of housing discrimination on LGBTQ persons and communities; protections provided by federal programs with a focus on the new protections under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s LGBT Equal Access Rule; protections provided by Connecticut State Law; the impact of the Equal Access Rule on homeless LGBTQ individuals; resources for protecting LGBTQ rights to housing; and, the rights and obligations of ho using providers and lenders.
CHRO Executive Director Tanya Hughes said, “We urge LGBTQ individuals, landlords, housing advocates and authorities, lenders and those interested in human rights to attend and participate."
The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities was the first state government civil rights agency in the United States of America established in 1943 as the Inter-racial Commission.  Today the agency's mission is to eliminate discrimination through civil and human rights laws.  The CHRO investigates and enforces the laws against discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodation and credit.

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