San Francisco’s planning commission is backing a proposed rule that would require national developers wishing to build residential projects with 10 or more units in the city to disclose if they prohibit LGBT discrimination. The commission voted 5-0 at its meeting this afternoon (Thursday, July 10) to support the proposal, known as the LGBTQ Equal Housing Ordinance. It was introduced earlier this year by gay District 9 Supervisor David Campos at the suggestion of LGBT housing rights activists.
“It is a no brainer,” said commissioner Gwyneth Borden. “As a former board member of Equality California I can’t more enthusiastically support this measure.” As the Bay Area Reporter first reported in March, the new rule was crafted with an eye toward providing nationwide protections for LGBT tenants. Currently 21 states in the U.S. prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation, and 16 states also ban gender identity based housing discrimination.
“This gives us an opportunity again to share San Francisco’s commitment to end LGBT discrimination across the nation,” testified Tom Temprano, co-president of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, at today’s hearing. “I encourage you all to take this opportunity to let San Francisco continue to take its national stand on LGBT issues.”
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