If you have faced discrimination based on your sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, your story may help us help you.
There are LGBT+ couples and individuals in every city and county of Virginia. The Same-Sex Couple Data & Demographics Site by The Williams Institute reports that Virginia is home to approximately 14,240 same sex couples, not including single individuals in the LGBT community, nor households uncomfortable indicating their relationship status in census reports and tracking surveys. Of the reported same sex coupled households, 16% are raising children.
Twenty-two states, the District of Columbia, and at least 240 local jurisdictions already prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression. Virginia is not one of them.
For years, HOME supported many different bills which proposed to add protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in housing. Unfortunately, none of these billed were passed partly because some legislators at the General Assembly did not believe there was sufficient evidence to necessitate 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.
Tell us your story of housing discrimination.
Please send an email to TellYourStory@HOMEofVA.org. Include as much detail as possible.
If you can, please provide dates, times, housing providers, and any steps you were able to take to remedy the situation. If you are uncomfortable identifying yourself, we can ensure you remain anonymous.
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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