A Jacksonville man Randal Coffman had a rude surprise this Christmas when he found out that his landlady Jackie Cooper was kicking him out of the apartment he rented from her because he is gay.
Coffman had only moved into the apartment on December 1st. Two weeks after that, Cooper told Coffman he wasn’t allowed to have girls over late at night. Coffman responded that this wouldn’t be a problem as he’s gay.
“After that, the harassment for being gay started,” says Coffman.
“My friends have only come maybe 3 times,” said Coffman. “I actually made a guest list of who would come and visit me. I put my mom and dad and actually printed out pictures of everyone’s cars and put them next to their name.
Cooper later came back to Coffman and insisted that he move out. Once he’d heard that, Coffman picked up his phone and started to record the argument.
While Jacksonville, Florida, does have a Human Rights Ordinance that protects tenants from being evicted due to their sexual orientation it does not extend into Clay County where Coffman’s apartment was located.
There is however hope for Randal Coffman to get some restitution for Cooper’s bigotry. There is a law stating that homeowners can only deny housing to renters working under a month to month agreement, like Coffman, if the landlord gives 15 days notice before the removal date. Cooper notified Coffman short of the 15-day rule.
It must be noted that Randal Coffman’s problem like many others who face bigotry and hate of this kind would never have happened if LGBT protections would finally be added to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. A fight for inclusion that has been going on since 1974