Trulia Now Helps LGBT Home Buyers Stay Protected
The new feature includes information on non-discrimination laws that exist for housing, employment and public accommodations
As if buying a home wasn’t stressful enough, imagine moving to a place that doesn’t offer protection from discrimination based on your sexual orientation or gender identity. To help its users through the home-buying process, online real estate platform Trulia has launched a new feature that helps homebuyers understand non-discrimination laws that exist for the LGBT community in the jurisdiction of any prospective home.
Currently, national housing and employment non-discrimination laws protect only some classes, such as sex, race, age, color, religion and national origin. That means explicit protections for people who identify as LGBT do not exist at the federal level and are inconsistent at the state and local levels. According to data from Trulia, only a little more than half of all housing units in the U.S. are in areas that have legal protections for LGBT individuals.
“Across the United States, an estimated 55.2% of all housing units are covered by local protections for sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and 22 states, plus Washington, D.C., have full protections for housing, employment, and public accommodations,” said the company in a press release.
With Trulia’s new Local Legal Protections feature, which is now available on all property details pages, house hunters can find data on laws to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations. An employee-lead idea, the new feature was developed with the help of the Movement Advancement Project, an independent non-profit organization that provides research on equality for people who identify as LGBT.
“We are proud of this new feature, but acknowledge that the LGBT community isn’t the only group without explicit federal protections,” said the company. “LGBT-specific data is a starting point for our Local Legal Protections feature. We’re always looking into data sources that will give house hunters the information they need to find the right place to live. Stay tuned for more.”
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