If you have faced discrimination based on your sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, your story may help us help you.
In 2000 the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a survey of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. 11% of respondents reported personally experiencing housing discrimination based on their sexual orientation. 35% of respondents had not personally experienced housing discrimination based on their sexual orientation but knew someone who had.
In the National Transgender Discrimination Survey 19% of respondents reported being denied housing based on their gender identity or expression.
Discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression is a huge problem in the United States, however we do not know the true extent of this discrimination. We need your help to begin to determine the pervasiveness of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
In the 2014 General Assembly three bills were proposed to add sexual orientation to the Virginia Fair Housing Act. Unfortunately, all of the bills failed, in part, because some legislators did not believe there was sufficient evidence to support the need for this protection.
We believe this protection is needed whether there is “sufficient evidence” or not, but if research is what it will take, we’re willing to do it. We have begun to conduct our own research, but the General Assembly will find real stories from Virginia residents the most compelling reason to add these protections. If you have experienced housing discrimination based on your sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, please take a moment to share it with us. You will remain anonymous if you wish.
To share your story of housing discrimination:
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include as much detail as possible (dates, times, housing providers) and any steps you were able to take to remedy the situation.
Unless you live in public housing or other HUD-funded housing, we will not be able to file a complaint based on this experience. Your story will be used to prove to the General Assembly how essential it is that sexual orientation and gender identity or expression be added as protected classes to the Virginia Fair Housing Act.
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