A surprising new study by the University of British Columbia has discovered that gay male couples and single parents face significant discrimination in Vancouver’s rental housing market, compared to straight couples.
The research, published in the August issue of the journal Social Problems, is the largest investigation of housing discrimination against single parents. Overall, the study found that male couples are nearly 25% more likely to be rejected by landlords, while single parents are approximately 15% more likely to be rejected.
“Vancouver has a reputation for tolerance of diversity in North America and a vibrant gay community,” says lead author Nathanael Lauster, a professor in UBC’s department of sociology. “This means that housing discrimination levels may even be higher in other cities.”
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