Shaun Donovan, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has endorsed transgender rights and gay marriage.

The 45-year-old Donovan delivered the keynote address Tuesday at the National Center for Transgender Equality's 8th annual Anniversary Awards Ceremony, becoming the first sitting cabinet member to attend a transgender rights event.

Donovan told the crowd that the Obama administration “viewed the fight for equality on behalf of the transgender community not as an issue, but as a priority.”

“HUD has been a leader in the fight … for transgender equality.”

“Perhaps the most significant step we've taken is proposing new regulations that will ensure transgender individuals and couples can be eligible for our public housing and Housing Choice Voucher programs that collectively serve 5.5 million people.”

“[W]e are conducting the first-ever national study of LGBT housing discrimination – a historic study we designed based on feedback from town halls conducted in communities across the country.”

“No one should ever have to hide their identity in order to find a home – not in America,” he added. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. For more videos visit our video library.)

In comments after the event to D.C. gay weekly MetroWeekly, Donovan added that passage of a gay marriage law in New York made him proud to be a New Yorker.

“So many friends that I know were able to achieve a dream the day that law passed,” he said. “And so many neighbors.”