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Lesbian couple with childSince the ERC’s founding nearly 30 years ago, we have remained committed to expanding the protections of civil rights laws.  One area which is receiving increasing attention is the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community (LGBT). 

Today, more than 20 states, the District of Columbia, and a growing number of cities and towns, include sexual orientation or gender identity as a protected class against housing discrimination. New doors are opening every day, yet much work remains to ensure equality for those in the LGBT community.

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Love thy neighbor PSA imageEqual Rights Center Launches “Love Thy Neighbor” Campaign Focused on Housing Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation

The ERC launched a new PSA campaign that focuses on housing discrimination against same sex couples in the D.C. metro area. The campaign will run in the Washington Post Express and Street Sense starting Monday, September 24, and running through October.

“An individual’s ability to obtain adequate and safe housing of their choice significantly impacts all aspects of daily life,” said ERC Executive Director, Don Kahl. “Through recent civil rights victories, new doors are opening every day for the LGBT community, yet much work remains to ensure equality. The Equal Rights Center hopes this campaign will enlighten even more individuals about their rights to seek housing free from discrimination.”




Equal Rights Center Applauds Repeal of"Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

“The end of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ is a watershed event, not only for the LGBT community, but one for society as a whole. Ending this last vestige of discrimination against the LGBT community in federal hiring and employment makes us a stronger country and a stronger society. The Equal Rights Center hopes this is only a first step towards a greater public enlightenment to expand civil rights for all those in the LGBT community.”


LGBT CampaignEqual Rights Center Launches “Empowerment” PSA Campaign

The ERC’s "Know Your Rights" PSA campaign, which ran in the D.C. metro in early 2010, focused on educating the immigrant community, the LGBT community, and survivors of domestic violence about their fair housing rights.



Equal Rights Center Lauds Introduction of HOME Act

The Equal Rights Center applauds the introduction of the Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Act.  The legislation would amend the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination in the sale or rental of housing, the financing of housing, and in brokerage services on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, source of income, or marital status.

"We wholeheartedly endorse these enhancements of the Fair Housing Act and hope that all those dedicated to the principles of civil rights and fair housing will do the same,” said ERC Executive Director, Don Kahl.


The Equal Rights Center applauds introduction of the Marriage Equality Amendment Act

The ERC comments on the new D.C. legislation granting marriage equality to all.

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