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Realtors Amend Its Code of Ethics to Include Protection for the GLBT Community

Can landlords legally deny renting to a gay couple because they’re gay?

Can a Realtor refuse to negotiate on behalf of a transgendered woman because she’s transgendered?

Can a builder jack up the price of a home when selling to a bisexual male because they know he’s bisexual? Maybe- there’s a little bit of a grey area here.

If you’re a licensed Realtor, you should have memorized the Fair Housing laws prohibiting discrimination against anyone based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap. But nowhere in there does it mention sexual orientation.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, laws are different from state to state and in some it is most certainly illegal for the real estate industry to discriminate, but in some states, the GLBTQ community is still legally discriminated against and refused real estate services and equal housing opportunities.

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Published Tuesday, November 09, 2010 9:15 PM by Sheila Bell

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