Extending the Fair Housing Act to the LGBTQ Community

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Taxes, Disasters Among Factors Impacting Homebuyer Migration Next: Sunny Days for Housing Market, But Challenges Remain Discrimination Fair Housing Act LGBT LGBTQ 2019-05-06 Seth Welborn Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborncenter_img Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King joined with Virginia Senator Tim Kaine in promoting the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2019. The senators are introducing legislation intended to add gender identity and sexual orientation to the classes that are protected from discrimination by the Fair Housing Act.“All Americans deserve a fair and equal opportunity in the sale, rental, or financing of housing,” said Senator Collins.  “Throughout my Senate service, I have worked to end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans, and it is time we ensure that all people have full access to housing regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  I urge our colleagues to join us in supporting this important legislation.”“Safe and affordable housing is the basic building block for all Americans seeking to achieve economic, educational, and personal success,” said Senator King. “No one should be denied access to this vital resource because of who they are – but unfortunately, under current law there are no protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This is wrong, plain and simple. We need this legislation to make sure LGBTQ Americans have the same access to housing as anyone else.”This is not the first time the Fair Housing Act has been applied to the LGBTQ community. In August 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that landlords could be held liable for discrimination if they failed to respond to harassment faced by tenants who belong to a protected class.In its ruling, the three-member panel of judges said that not only did the Fair Housing Act create liability when a landlord intentionally discriminated against a tenant based on a protected characteristic, but “it also creates liability against a landlord that has actual notice of tenant‐on‐tenant harassment based on a protected status, yet chooses not to take any reasonable steps within its control to stop that harassment.”Recognizing the need for the mortgage industry to conduct further outreach to the LGBTQ community for the purpose of educating on current opportunities for homeownership and being educated on emerging issues and concerns, the American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC) conducted a series of four discussions in strategically selected locations across the country. Each meeting was attended by approximately ten mortgage industry executives and approximately 10 senior leaders from local advocacy organizations provide services for the LGBTQ communities within their respective communities. These discussions provided an opportunity for these leaders to have a frank discussion in an open setting regarding issues affecting the LGBTQ community, both from a homeownership and workplace inclusion perspective. A report on concerns that were brought to light within the series of meetings and proposed remedial measures addressing the current issues can be found here.Want to learn more about diversity in your business? Register for the 2019 Five Star Diversity Symposium, May 8, 2019 at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas. Featuring powerful presentations and collaborative roundtable discussions, the 2019 Five Star Diversity Symposium will serve as a platform for industry leaders to advance the diversity dialogue and promote truly inclusive business practices to the benefit of individuals, their organizations, and the industry. Register online here. Tagged with: Discrimination Fair Housing Act LGBT LGBTQ May 6, 2019 1,339 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Extending the Fair Housing Act to the LGBTQ Community The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Extending the Fair Housing Act to the LGBTQ Community The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Savelast_img read more

Curacao goalie dies after cardiac arrest

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available Curacao reserve goalkeeper Jairzinho Pieter died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Monday in Haiti while on international duty. Pieter, 31, felt unwell and passed away in the early hours of Monday morning at the Marriott Hotel in Port-au-Prince, where the Curacao team are staying ahead of Tuesday’s CONCACAF Nations League match against Haiti. Haiti sports minister Edwin Charles announced on Twitter that Pieter had suffered a “cardiac arrest” and died. The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football expressed its sadness for Pieter’s sudden death and announced in a statement that Tuesday’s encounter between Haiti and Curacao will go ahead, with the Curacao players eager to play “as a tribute to their teammate.” A minute’s silence will be observed before the game as “the entire Confederation pays its respect to Jairzinho for his contributions to the game.” Pieter, who played for Curacao’s first division side SV Vesta, was on the bench in Sunday’s 1-0 home triumph over Haiti. Curacao goalkeeper Eloy Room, who plays for Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew SC, posted a video on Twitter showing the Curacao squad gathered around for a minute’s silence at the team’s hotel on Monday evening.Tags: CONCACAF Nations LeagueCuracaoJairzinho PieterSV Vestalast_img read more

LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant won’t get day off against Miami, Orlando

first_imgNEW YORK >> It seemed safe to rule out Kobe Bryant playing a full 82-game NBA season in his 20th and perhaps final year with the Lakers.Who knows what plans Father Time has in store for the 37-year-old Bryant after suffering three season-ending injuries in consecutive years. Amid the Lakers’ quest to preserve Bryant, it appeared likely he would sit out some if not all of the team’s 17 sets of back-to-back games.But Lakers coach Byron Scott revealed a slight change of plans following the Lakers’ 99-95 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.“‘This might be my last year. If possible, I’d like to play every game,’” Scott recalled Bryant telling him recently. “I’m with that and we’ll see how it plays out.” “I don’t think they were used to someone as direct as me,” said World Peace, who posted eight points on 3-of-4 shooting in 16 minutes off the bench in Sunday’s loss against the Knicks. “I do it to help. A lot of people walk on eggshells. I don’t walk on eggshells. I eat eggs.”World Peace reported feeling confident he would return to the NBA during overseas stints last year in China and Italy. He described himself with a straight face as “one of the best small forwards in the world.” The Lakers would not go that far, though they liked World Peace’s leadership and hustle enough to retain him on the roster on a non-guaranteed deal worth $1.5 million. “I didn’t think I’d ever come back,” said World Peace who noted he could try to play for two or three more years. “But I earned my way back. I worked hard.”Memory laneBryant’s physical skills may have eroded. But his mind has not.He still remembered vividly scoring his first point off a foul shot on Nov. 5, 1996 at Madison Square Garden in what marked his second career NBA game. “When I got in the game, I felt like how it was when there were VHS tapes,” Bryant said. “You hit the forward button and the TV is moving really fast.”Both Scott and Knicks coach and former Lakers teammate Derek Fisher both cited faulty memory despite being in attendance. But Scott noted, “it brought a smile to my face that I was at least there” after recently watching a highlight of that game.What’s your number?It did not take long for Fisher to earn Scott’s respect during his rookie season. But it happened well before Fisher showed off his work ethic or talent. Fisher planned to wear the No. 4 only to switch to No. 2 for one specific reason. Scott returned to the Lakers and had once worn No. 4 during the ‘Showtime Era’ when he won three NBA titles. Fisher joked the gesture “changed the course of history for me” before eventually winning five NBA titles as a role player in two separate stints with the Lakers (1996-2004, 2007-2012). “He did the right thing,” Scott said, chuckling. “He was young and a rookie, and I was a vet.” Scott plans to start Bryant when the Lakers (1-5) play in Miami on Tuesday and in Orlando on Wednesday. But Scott said he has not determined whether Bryant will play fewer minutes than the 29 minutes per game he has averaged through six contests. “I know there’s going to be some games he’s not going to play, but that’s not his mindset,” Scott said of Bryant. “Right now this early in the season, we’ll go with the flow.” Say it like it isEven as he played near his hometown in Queensbridge, New York, Metta World Peace never felt at home.The New York Knicks acquired him in the 2013 offseason after the Lakers waived him. But he averaged 4.8 points in only 13.8 minutes through 29 games before both sides negotiated a buyout. World Peace argued his short stint had little to do with injuries or a decline in play. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more