Most of you know I’m a property manager when I’m not editing manuscripts. Yesterday morning, I got a call from prospective tenants about an available unit in one of ‘my’ buildings. It was a guy and he was inquiring on behalf of him and his male roommate.
The apartments are one-bedroom and about 600 square feet, so… not large. I’m meeting him later this morning. I suspect they’re a gay couple.
I hope to hell they are! If they pass the background check, I’ll rent to them without question. The man who owns the building, while straight, does not discriminate. If it was legal, I’d post a sign out front, proclaiming the place was LGBTQAI FRIENDLY. It would be the coolest building in the neighborhood. 🙂
A few weeks ago, the caretakers at that building raised a fuss over a same-sex couple in the building, saying they were causing problems. I spoke with the tenants. As is usual in cases like this, each has their own side and it’s often difficult to figure out how much is truth and how much is bullshit.
The tenants insisted the caretakers were trying to get them evicted because they were gay. I spoke to the owner about it. He was adamant: “If the caretakers are causing problems because of the tenants’ sexual orientation, the caretakers are GONE.”
I was proud of him, and glad he felt strongly enough about this issue to take a stand. We continue to monitor the situation, but definitive proof of either side’s allegations has not yet been provided.
The battle for LGBTQAI rights is ongoing. Take a look at this map.
Depressing, huh? I live in one of the few states that does not discriminate based on sexual orientation, but what about all those people who do? *smh*