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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.”
“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.”
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.
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 ERC comments on the new D.C. legislation granting marriage equality to all.
Learn more about local and state laws affecting the lives of LGBT people.
Read the first comprehensive national transgender discrimination survey
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