Celebrating Pride Month

June is Pride Month!

GLAR celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month and supports the equal rights of all people regardless of their gender identity and sexual orientation.  We support the LGBTQ+ community in real estate, and fight discrimination to work for equal and fair housing for everyone. From our Code of Ethics, to our advocacy, and everywhere in between, we proudly stand with the LGBTQ+ community.

Learn the in-depth history of the LGBTQ+ community throughout the U.S., courtesy of the History Channel, here.

GLAR’s PRIDE Month Happy Hour & Meet Up

June 12, 2024 | 5-7pm
TEN20 Brewery | Butchertown – 1020 E Washington St, Lou. KY
First Drink on Us – Limited Appetizers

To commemorate PRIDE Month, come network with colleagues and make new friends as we build a LGBTQ+ community hub of fellow GLAR members during this happy hour event.

About: Pride Month is a month-long celebration of the queer community. The month commemorates in June because of the Stonewall Riots, which was a series of riots and protests for LGBTQ+ rights that took place in NYC in 1969. As in alignment with our commitment to diversity, GLAR continues to highlight and acknowledge the vast representation of our diverse membership.

*This event is spearheaded by the GLAR DEI Advisory Group.  

Need For More LGBTQ+ Protections In Real Estate

In addition to sexual orientation and gender identity being protected classes in Louisville’s Kentucky fair housing ordinance, Article 10, mandated by the NAR’s Code of Ethics states:

REALTORS® shall not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

There are limited federal protections against housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and a majority of states lack state laws that prohibit such discrimination against LGBTQ people. A growing number of cities and counties are taking steps to protect their residents from unfair housing discrimination by passing local nondiscrimination ordinances. This allows legal discrimination which can cause barriers to homeownership, obtaining a loan, renting, and more.

Policy Related to LGBTQ+

“The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits sex discrimination by most landlords and, as the Supreme Court held in 2020 (Bostock v. Clayton County), discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is sex discrimination. Thus, The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity” (learn more on the ACLU’s Know Your LGBT Rights resource page).

In 1999, Jefferson County Commissioners passed an ordinance banning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation & gender identity. The Louisville Board of Alderman passed an ordinance not only banning employment discrimination, but also public accommodation & housing based on sexual orientation & gender identity.  If you or your client experience any discrimination, make sure to report the incident to the Commission of Human Relations.

As recently as January 20, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 13988, “Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.” This order expands the discrimination protections previously offered solely on the basis of sex into the categories of gender identity and sexual orientation.

Reports and Statistics Related to LGBTQ+

READ the Discrimination and Its Impact On LGBTQ+ Community: Real Estate Professionals and Consumers Report from the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance (2023)

READ the Baby Boomers and Their Impact on Real Estate: Opportunities/Challenges/Issues Older LGBTQ+ People Face Today from the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance (2024)

Celebrating Pride Around Town

June 1, 2024 – Southern Indiana Pride Festival
June 8, 2024 – LouCity’s Pride Night
June 9, 2024 – Louisville Pride Foundation Pride 5K
June 15, 2024 – Kentucky Pride Parade & Festival

Highlighting Our Industry Partner:
LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance

The LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance advocates for fair housing for all and promotes LGBTQ+ homeownership. It elevates professionalism in the industry through education and networking and celebrates diversity and inclusion in our members and allied partners.