LGBT+ protesters took to the streets in protest in London last week, after a lesbian couple were turned away from a letting agent after being told that a property was only being advertised for straight couples.
LGBT+ charities and activities staged a ‘kiss in’ outside the agency to voice their anger over the couple’s treatment.
It is alleged that the couple were not considered a ‘proper couple’ by the London agency, and were offered no help in their property search after being turned down for the original property.
Via a statement, The Outside Project, a charity that provides accommodation for homeless LGBT+ people, states that the agency, acting on behalf of the landlord, refused to show the property to the couple as the landlord was looking for male/female couples. The agency denies any allegations of homophobia, and argue that the couple were not shown the property as the landlord was only looking for a single tenant.
Prejudice from estate agencies and landlords drive our community to illegal, insecure tenancy agreements in areas they do not feel safe and adds to the alarmingly higher rate of homelessness amongst our community. We support this peaceful protest in standing together against the LGBTIQ+ homelessness caused by the systemic oppression of our community within the housing sector and demand equality in access to safe accommodation.Carla Ecola, director of The Outside Project
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