The gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community has long been a topic of interest when discussing equal housing opportunity. Gay Realtors of the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals, NAGLREP provide a sensitive understanding of the specific needs of GLBT home buyers, sellers, and renters. As gay realtors, and gay friendly realtors, NAGLREP members pride ourselves in working with the GLBT community, but not all realtors share the same feelings. GLBT housing discrimination exists, and we are determined to change equal housing opportunity laws within both the National Association of Realtors (NAR) policy, and Federal Fair Housing Laws.
NAGLREP members see a wind of change for GLBT rights sweeping through the real estate community. Most notably is the policy change in November 2009 by NAR to add sexual orientation as a protected class to NAR’s policy on equal housing opportunity.
On 3/14/10, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a new webpage for their study on housing discrimination against the GLBT community relating to the sale and rental of housing. NAGLREP founder Jeff Berger corresponded last week with HUD’s Assistant Secretary Raphael Bostick, the leader of the HUD study. Mr. Bostic described the GLBT housing discrimination study as a four year study with four phases, the first to be completed by the summer of 2011 with data released. NAGLREP was also invited to reach out to HUD to describe the most often types of discrimination encountered by our members.
HUD is also seeking feedback on ideas to better their study. If you would like to contribute suggestions to HUD’s study, please visit their page http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/LGBT_Discrimination_Study