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HUD housing report shows same-sex couples experience unequal treatment

Posted June 21, 2013
A new study commissioned by HUD found same-sex couples face discrimination when inquiring about rental housing.

A new study commissioned by HUD found same-sex couples face discrimination when inquiring about rental housing.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today released the first-ever national study examining housing discrimination against same-sex couples in the private rental market. The study, led by University at Albany Associate Professor of Sociology Samantha Friedman and conducted by M. Davis and Company (MDAC), measures the treatment same-sex couples receive compared to otherwise similar heterosexual couples from rental agents when inquiring about rental units advertised online.

According to HUD’s study, “An Estimate of Housing Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples,” unequal treatment is more prevalent among same-sex couples than heterosexual couples when responding to Internet advertisements for rental units, and findings show that gay men experience more discrimination than lesbian couples.

“President Obama and this administration have been unmatched in our efforts to ensure equal and fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons and communities,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “Following the President’s lead, HUD has taken historic steps in the area of fair housing to ensure that we fulfill our nation’s commitment to equality. As this study shows, we need to continue our efforts to ensure that everyone is treated the same when it comes to finding a home to call their own, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

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