Happy PRIDE to one and all. As we once again celebrate the many achievements of the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies, we must also be mindful of the continued intersectional trials and tribulations facing all LGBTQIA+ individuals.
In honor of PRIDE, we want to recognize and amplify voices within the LGBTQIA+ real estate community. Two organizations at the forefront of the discussion are The National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals and the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance.
In May 2021, The LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance unveiled a first-of-its-kind report on the struggles and discrimination facing the LGBTQIA+ community on the path to homeownership and beyond. Within the 46-page report, you’ll find statistics and stories about navigating the workforce, recent wins for LGBTQIA+ and so forth. In brief, while positive strides have been made there is still much to do to protect those most vulnerable to oppression.
This PRIDE, let us remember those, such as Brenda Howard, the “Mother of Pride,” who pushed for equality. Let us remain haunted by the tragedy at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL already now five years past. Let us remain committed to defending the human rights of each and every individual. Let us help them wave their flag of pride higher than ever.