Real estate website Zillow has announced that they will begin listing information on local LGBT protections on all listings.
In the United States, only 22 states plus the District of Columbia have laws prohibiting housing discrimination that include sexual orientation and gender identity.
All listings will now feature information about housing, public accommodation, and employment. This information is broken into two sections, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation as some states only offer protections for gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals.
“It’s 2020, and yet in many parts of the United States, you still can be discriminated against for being LGBTQ+,” said Dawn Lyon, Zillow Chief Corporate Relations Officer. “In lieu of federal law, we want to give people the most information possible when buying, renting and financing a home. Putting this information in every single listing shows we stand for equity and fair housing, and gives LGBTQ+ people the clarity they need to make a decision on where to live.”
In a 2019 survey conducted by Zillow, only 29% of LGBT renters and 28% of LGBT buyers agreed with the statement “I feel accepted for who I am by those around me where I live” compared to 40% and 51% of cisgender, heterosexual renters and buyers.
Zillow also supports the Equality Act, federal legislation that would explicitly protect LGBT people from discrimination in housing as well as other situations, including education, public spaces and services, lending, and jury duty. The House passed the Equality Act in May 2019 and is awaiting a vote in the Senate.