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HUD Study Shows LGBT Discrimination In U.S. Housing Market – DUH!

No Gays

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has released a study on housing discrimination based on sexual orientation.  Because they REALLY needed a study to know that LGBT ppl are discriminated against.

This is the first large-scale, paired-testing study to assess housing discrimination against same-sex couples in metropolitan rental markets via advertisements on the Internet. The research is based on 6,833 e-mail correspondence tests conducted in 50 metropolitan markets across the United States from June through October 2011. For each correspondence test, two e-mails were sent to the housing provider, each inquiring about the availability of the unit advertised on the Internet. The only difference between the two e-mails was the sexual orientation of the couple making the inquiry. Two sets of correspondence tests were conducted, one assessing the treatment of gay male couples relative to heterosexual couples and one assessing the treatment of lesbian couples relative to heterosexual couples. This methodology provides the first direct evidence of discriminatory treatment of same-sex couples compared with the treatment of heterosexual couples when searching for rental housing advertised on the Internet in the United States.

The study finds that same-sex couples experience less favorable treatment than heterosexual couples in the online rental housing market. The primary form of adverse treatment is that same-sex couples receive significantly fewer responses to e-mail inquiries about advertised units than heterosexual couples. Study results in jurisdictions with state-level protections against housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation unexpectedly show slightly more adverse treatment of same-sex couples than results in jurisdictions without such protections. This study provides an important initial observation of discrimination based on sexual orientation at the threshold stage of the rental transaction and is a point of departure for future research on housing discrimination against same-sex couples.”

We not only need ENDA – WITHOUT THE RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS,  And quite simply we need LGBT’s amended to the Civil Rights Act which includes housing protections and stop this time piecemeal legislation strategy that is dragging out  the fight LGBT equality for decades past and most probably decades to come.

HUD Will Now Require Grant Applicants To Comply With Sate And Local Laws

Here’s some good news, if you live in a City or State with Anti- Gay Discrimination Laws on the books, or if in fact it’s something new, and if in fact it is actually something substantive.

From HUD (The Department of Housing And Urban Developement)

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will require grant applicants seeking HUD funding to comply with state and local anti-discrimination laws that protect lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. Today, HUD published a notice detailing the general requirements that will apply to all of the Department’s competitively awarded grant programs for Fiscal Year 2010.  

This would have been a lovely move the first day of the Obama administration, or for some time after the President repeals DADT and DOMA, and passes ENDA. But as a replacement for those actions – and that is what this is, at best a stand in for the real promises – it falls short.

What worries me is that we keep getting these small advances instead of the big ones (DADT, DOMA, ENDA), and that, after a while, the President (and HRC) will point to all of these small steps and try to suggest that the sheer number of them makes them equal to, or better, than the big ones – and they’re not. And where they are nice “crumbs” we should not accept them as as anything even resembeling substantial work by the Administration to assure equality.