So here I am now, the more mature (my husband might disagree) man, not ashamed to tell people I'm gay and in fact quick to cut ties with anyone who has a problem with that, and it's Pride month; so from my family to yours - we wish you a Joyous LGBTQIA Pride Month!
Now if you said "okay, but no one in my family is gay, bisexual or transgender, so ..." Ive two thoughts:
1. You don't know that for certain, and
2. Pride month is for allies to celebrate, too!
Without our allies, I shudder to think where we'd be. It was JUST six years ago marriage equality became the law of the land, after all. That, in and of itself, fueled a spike in home sales for married gay and lesbian couples.
It was just EIGHT years ago that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a study detailing housing biases for same-sex couples. Same-sex couples looking to BUY still faced impediments, according to a 2019 study by the Iowa State University's College of Business.
"Lenders are less likely to approve same-sex couples ... In fact, the same-sex couples that were approved paid more in interest and fees," according to this study detailed in this Bank Rate article.
"Same-sex partners were 73 percent more likely to be denied a loan than heterosexual couples with the same financial profile, according to the Iowa State study. The research found no evidence that same-sex couples had a higher default risk."
There's more to read there, too, such as how to recognize housing discrimination and how to protect yourself against it.
TRUST that this LGBTQIA REALTOR works for an affirming brokerage and real estate company and has nearly a dozen lending allies I know I can call on to get the job done - regardless of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or national origin.