In the past several weeks, some state legislatures across the county have been working to enact legislation that would have the effect of giving businesses, and potentially even police and firefighters, the right to discriminate based on sexual orientation. Unfortunately, these actions are just another demonstration of the discrimination that same-sex couples encounter every day.
Today, the ERC unveiled the results of a 10-state testing investigation documenting adverse and differential treatment against older same-sex couples seeking housing in senior living facilities.
The report, titled “Opening Doors: An Investigation of Barriers to Senior Housing for Same-Sex Couples,” documents the results of 200 matched-pair telephone tests conducted by the ERC in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington. In 96 of the 200 tests (48 percent), a tester inquiring about housing in a senior living facility for a same-sex couple experienced at least one form of adverse differential treatment, as compared to a counterpart tester inquiring about the same housing for an opposite-sex couple.
“This investigation is the first of its kind to focus on providing objective, quantitative data specific to older same-sex couples seeking senior housing,” said Don Kahl, Executive Director of the ERC. “Older LGBT individuals face many unique challenges when seeking housing at senior-living facilities, and discriminatory practices cause further, undue hardship in the lives of LGBT seniors at a time when financial resources are often becoming more limited.” (more…)
Categorized as Advocacy, Civil Rights, Fair Housing, LBGT Rights
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