The LGBTQ + Real Estate Alliance is celebrating the first anniversary of its launch today, attracting more than 1,700 members, partnerships with major companies, brands and real estate agents® associations and a long list of accomplishments in its first 12 months. The Alliance has become the most important voice of the real estate industry in the continued fight to protect the LGBTQ + community from housing discrimination, as it also strives to increase homeownership levels. community and improve the real estate industry’s recognition and understanding of the housing needs of the LGBTQ + community.
The Alliance, which was founded in June 2020, was launched four months later under the leadership of the president-elect John thorpe, a board of directors and a general manager of 10 people Ryan weyandt.
Here are some of the highlights of the organization’s first 12 months:
- Launch of more than 50 chapters
- Attract dozens of major national partners, including founding members Realogy, First American Title, Realtor.com, Engel & Völkers, HomeServices of America, Truist, Bank of America, Chase, PrimeLending, Prosperity Home Mortgage, EXIT Realty, US Bank, Caliber Home Loans, RE / MAX, National Association of REAL ESTATE AGENTS®.
- Signed memoranda of understanding with 15 real estate agent organizations, including the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), as well as joint efforts with the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) and the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP).
- Hold its first symposium on LGBTQ + housing policies
- Publishing a comprehensive guide to LGBTQ + first-time homebuyers and building a website for consumers.
- Host the country’s first national LGBTQ + seminar for first-time homebuyers
- Groundbreaking Report Released on Impact of Lifelong Discrimination on LGBTQ + Home Buyers and Sellers
- Embrace the intersectionality of our community by creating inclusive programs for people of color, serving military and veterans, women, and more.
- Develop the exclusive list of the best LGBTQ + real estate producers in the industry
- Welcoming hundreds of participants to its exclusive “Alliance Certified Ally” training program
“It has been a remarkable year in so many ways and I look back with wonder at how a group of almost 60 dedicated real estate professionals came together last summer and spent countless hours creating a plan. transparent and inclusive to what we now lovingly call the Alliance. , an organization that has become synonymous with the LGBTQ + community and DCI’s real estate efforts, ”Thorpe said. “Our October 1 anniversary makes even more sense as it comes just days before National Coming Out Day (October 11) when so many people are offered a platform to be themselves genuine in a society that increasingly supports our community. “
Thorpe pointed out that the Alliance was forced to cancel its inaugural conference last month due to a COVID-19 spike in Las Vegas, but will virtually hold Experience: The Alliance on December 9.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us, including continuing the fight to get the equality law passed in the Senate,” Weyandt said. “There is absolutely no reason why sexual orientation and gender identity should not be protected classes in the Fair Housing Act and LGBTQ + people should not be protected from all forms of discrimination in Canada. federal level. We also have a unique opportunity to present the emotional and financial benefits of homeownership to the LGBTQ + community, which continues to lag far behind the national average homeownership rate. By providing our members with a platform to educate and reach out to the community, our community within the industry finally has the opportunity to make a substantial impact by touching lives we never thought possible. It is also essential for us to continue to attract allies from the LGBTQ + community and provide them with an understanding of the unique housing needs, challenges and opportunities that LGBTQ + people have today.
UCLA’s Williams Institute reports that the LGBTQ + homeownership rate is 49.8%, well below the current national U.S. Census figure of 65.6%.