Real estate listing service Trulia just made finding safe, welcoming housing easier for the LGBTQ+ community, reports Taylor Hatmaker for TechCrunch. Their website now includes a “Local Legal Protections” feature, which lists the LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination laws in place in the area you’re looking at.
Currently, sexual orientation and gender identity are not covered by federal housing and employment nondiscrimination laws, so relocating LGBTQ+ individuals are always at risk that the area they move to will not protect them from discrimination. Trulia’s new feature makes it easier for users to find places with protections in place.
According to a blog post made by Trulia general manager and senior vice president Tim Correia, “With the Local Legal Protections feature available on all property details pages on Trulia, homebuyers will know if their prospective new home is in a place where there are laws to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations.”
The company’s internal Pride group helped to build the feature, which was created at Trulia’s “innovation week.” Its information comes from the nonprofit organization the Movement Advancement Project, which advocates for more inclusive nondiscrimination policies across the nation.
Correia made it clear that this isn’t the only project they’re working on: “We are proud of this new feature, but acknowledge that the LGBT community isn’t the only group without explicit federal protections. 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.”
Read the TechCrunch article here.
To learn more about LGBT-inclusive areas to live in Pinellas County, contact Heather Stotts with Century 21 Beggins Enterprises.
To learn more about LGBT-inclusive areas to live in the Tampa Region, contact Caitlin Jones with Keller Williams Bogert Sales Team.
To learn more about LGBT-inclusive areas to live in the Collier County area, contact Kurt Hoenig with United Real Estate Infinity.