June is Pride month, a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and the progress that has been made towards equality and acceptance. One important aspect of equality is fair housing practices for all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Fair housing practices are essential to ensuring that all individuals have equal access to housing opportunities. Discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity can have devastating consequences for LGBTQ+ individuals seeking housing. It can lead to the denial of housing, higher rent prices and unequal treatment compared to their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts.
Fortunately, there are federal and state laws in place to protect against housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Fair Housing Act, for example, prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability. In 2021, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it would interpret the Fair Housing Act to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Fair housing practices are crucial for ensuring that all individuals have equal access to housing opportunities. Discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is not only unjust but can have severe consequences for LGBTQ+ individuals seeking housing. By promoting fair housing practices during Pride month and throughout the year, Howard Hanna continues to work towards creating a more equitable and inclusive society for all.
To learn more about Howard Hanna’s commitment to fair housing and equitable experiences, visit our website.
If you have any questions about Fair Housing or are interested in learning more about the home buying or selling process, contact a Howard Hanna agent today.
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