The Advocate is reporting that legislation has been introduced to the House of Representatives and Senate which would prohibit discrimination against LGBT people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts has introduced federal legislation to expressly prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination in housing.So far, the bill has seven cosponsors in the Senate, all of whom are Democrats. According to a press release sent out by Kerry's office, the HOME Act will accomplish five things:
The bill, known as the Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act, or HOME Act, would amend the 1968 Fair Housing Act to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, as well as amend the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to prevent such discrimination in lending (the bill would also bar discrimination based on source of income and marital status). A House version of the bill will be introduced later today by Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York.
- Amend the Fair Housing Act to prohibit housing discrimination and intimidation on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or source of income.
- Amend the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in access to credit.
- Outlaw housing discrimination both before and after a housing unit is acquired.
- Strengthen anti-discrimination protections for handicapped individuals and LGBT parents with custody of a child.
- Provide the Attorney General with appropriate pre-litigation investigative power to enforce the law.
It's certainly something to consider. Until then, though, it is great to see more equal rights legislation introduced, and I look forward to seeing the bill pick up more and more cosponsors in both chambers.