IN a worthy move on behalf of our LGBT allies within the LGBTI community, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Secretary Shaun Donovan has announced a new HUD rule, Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs – Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity. The rule does not include intersex.
Intersex people are as discriminated against due to homophobia as the rest of LGBTI, from birth to the end of life. The attributes formula “sexual orientation or gender identity” does not include intersex on the grounds that intersex is a range of common, natural biological variations in sex, not sexual orientation or gender identity.
Despite widespread systemic discrimination against intersex people, the word intersex does not appear anywhere in the HUD website.
We sincerely hope that Secretary Donovan and the HUD will begin to work on behalf of this much neglected, heavily discriminated-against section of US society, many of whom live in impoverishment and deprivation. We look forward to the amendment to this new rule on behalf of intersex people so that it is for all of LGBTI, and the expansion of its title to Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs – Regardless of Sex, Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity.