New Study: LGBT people, people of color and women use housing non-discrimination laws at similar rates
Posted by Melanie Nathan, Feb 09, 2016.
LGBT people file housing discrimination complaints based on sexual orientation and gender identity as frequently as people of color and women file complaints based on race and sex, according to a new analysis by Christy Mallory, senior counsel, and Brad Sears, executive director, at the Williams Institute.
One to five complaints are filed each year for every 100,000 LGBT adults, adults of color and women. Passing non-discrimination laws that ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity would not overwhelm government agencies.
The study examined complaints filed with state enforcement agencies based on sexual orientation or gender identity, race, and sex and adjusted them by the number of adults most likely to experience each type of discrimination – LGBT people, people of color, and women.
Data on discrimination complaints were collected from 18 of the 22 states that prohibited housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The states included in this study were California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.