By JON DAVIDSON
When a B&B in Hawaii refused to rent a room to a lesbian couple, when a restaurant in New York harassed a woman and her friends because they thought she was a lesbian, and when a housing complex in Florida turned away a gay man and his partner—Lambda Legal investigated, filed suit and righted those wrongs.
Just recently, Lambda Legal took on representation of two gay men in Iowa after a small business refused to rent them space for their wedding.
Whether a business is large or small, homophobic by reputation or self-proclaimed “LGBT friendly,” where there is strong evidence of discrimination, Lambda Legal is committed to fighting unequal treatment of LGBT people and people living with HIV in public accommodations at all levels.
The discrimination detailed in our complaint to the D.C. Office of Human Rights is yet another case in which LGBT people have suffered mistreatment in their everyday lives. Our client’s claims are supported by multiple witnesses and by the receipt containing an anti-LGBT slur.
Our client and companions with her that night are hurt and bewildered by claims that they were somehow to blame for what happened and that the bar manager apologized to them and publicly fired the waitress, when that is simply not at all what our client and others at her table saw or heard.
Whether it’s representing a transgender woman who was entitled to equal treatment at a bar or gay men seeking to rent an apartment, Lambda Legal is committed to being there to see that acts of bias are investigated and non-discrimination laws are enforced.
Jon Davidson is legal director and Eden/ Rushing chair at Lambda Legal.