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The National Center for Transgender Equality says one in five transgender people in the U.S. Has been discriminated against when seeking a home, and more than one in 10 have been evicted from their homes because of their gender identity.
“That is the context in which we live, and it’s nothing new,” said Ruby Corado, one of the founders of Casa Ruby, a nonprofit housing organization that focuses on transgender and gender non-conforming people in Washington, D.C. “We come from a history where we are … denied opportunity.” Death Smiles At Us All Only The Veterans Smile Back Shirt, hoodie, tank top
When the virus reached the U.S. And caused lockdowns, Casa Ruby saw approximately four times as many people seeking housing than in previous years, Corado said.
Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, the deputy executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), explained that discrimination can “creep in at any phase” of a home-buying or renting process, but is often hard to identify.
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Discrimination can appear when the renter has to share their legal paperwork, which may only contain their former name, Heng-Lehtinen said. Some housing providers have been known to set different terms, deny loans or insurance and even outright refuse the sale, he said. Even if a transgender person has legally changed their name, a more robust background check may reveal the transition.
“The past still haunts us,” he said.
Researchers for a 2017 Suffolk University study sent transgender and gender-nonconforming people, as well as non-transgender and gender-conforming people, to pose as housing searchers, and found very subtle differential treatment towards certain groups. Transgender and gender non-confirming people were told discouraging things about the properties and weren’t shown amenities like pool areas. In one instance, a house provider failed to mention the security deposit could be reduced by 75 percent with a move-in incentive.
While discrimination based on gender identity is prohibited under the Fair Housing Act, HUD actively scaled back enforcement under the Trump administration.