If you’re part of the LGBT community and looking for a house or apartment, how do you know if the neighborhood you’re interested in protects you from discrimination?
Today, the Movement Advancement Project partnered with Trulia, an online real estate and rental listing service, to release an innovative, first-of-its-kind tool to answer exactly that question. This dynamic tool shows the level of state and local protections for LGBT people in different areas and neighborhoods, to help home-buyers and apartment-hunters make more informed decisions about where to live, given that legal protections for LGBT people vary widely from state to state and even city to city.
The new Local Level Protections feature from Trulia and MAP informs home buyers about whether a neighborhood offers nondiscrimination protections in housing, employment and public accommodations discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This feature is powered by MAP’s LGBT Equality Maps, which track federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws, among many other LGBT-related policies. MAP provided the data essential to building this new feature, including a database of more than 300 local city and county ordinances that prohibit discrimination.
Our MAP-Trulia collaboration and the Local Level Protections feature has received widespread media coverage, illustrating the value and innovation of this tool. These are just a few examples of our coverage already:
- Architectural Digest: Trulia Now Provides Info for LGBT Home Buyers on Local Legal Protections (2/8/18)
- CityLab: How to Find a Neighborhood with Legal Protections for LGBT People, 2/7/18
- Curbed: New Tool Helps LGBT Community Parse Local Non-Discrimination Housing Laws, 2/7/18
- Fast Company: Trulia Now Surfaces Data on LGBT Protections As You Search For Houses, 2/7/18
- Instinct Magazine: House Hunting? Trulia Shows Us Where LGBT+ Are Protected, 2/7/18
Choosing a home is one of the most significant decisions in people’s lives. For LGBT people, a primary consideration isn’t just the house, but whether they will be moving to a neighborhood where they are protected against discrimination. This groundbreaking feature will help LGBT people look not only for the right home, but also the right community.
For a more comprehensive look at nondiscrimination and other legal protections across the country, visit MAP’s LGBT Equality Maps.
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