Under New Legislation, Developers In SF Would Have to Prove National LGBT-Friendliness

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos introduced legislation at the city’s board of supervisors meeting this afternoon aiming to protect LGBT residents from housing discrimination.

As part of Campos’ legislation, developer companies that offer housing in San Francisco would be required to share whether they have a national policy prohibiting discrimination against the LBGT community.

The city’s Human Rights Commission would then compile data from companies and present it to the board annually.

“We have a right to know,” he said at today’s meeting at City Hall.

He said the annual report would highlight good practices, and “urge others to do the right thing.”

The federal Fair Housing Act doesn’t include protections for LGBT citizens. Under the act, prospective tenants or home buyers cannot be discriminated based on other traits including race, color, national origin, religion, and sex.

According to Campos, one in five transgender people have been refused housing in the U.S. and many have been unfairly evicted because of their gender identity.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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