The D.C. Office of Human Rights on Monday unveiled a campaign designed to reduce housing discrimination against LGBT Washingtonians and groups.
A key component of the “Fair Housing Is Your Right” campaign are advertisements that feature “Straight couples only!” and other phrases and language commonly used to discriminate against prospective tenants. These spots will appear in the Blade, City Paper, Washington Afro, Washington Informer and four other D.C. newspapers throughout this month and August.
“For some residents, the ads in this campaign will appear to have blatant discriminatory language, whereas other readers may be surprised it is discrimination,” said Gustavo Velasquez, director of the D.C. Office of Human Rights. “Unfortunately, housing discrimination still happens, and we hope this ad can educate both the LGBT community and those who may have lending or rental practices that discriminate against LGBT people.”
The D.C. Office of Human Rights received a $270,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Fair Housing Program to fund the campaign. HUD in February officially codified a rule that bans anti-LGBT discrimination in federal housing programs.