Tuesday, 21 October 2014

CIH launches LGBT advice for housing associations

The Chartered Institute of Housing has published advice for housing associations on how to provide services to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender tenants.

The guide contains advice on how to meet the provisions of the Equality Act 2010, which is intended to simplify discrimination law and place sexuality on an equal footing with other characteristics such as race or gender.

Under the Equality Act 2010, public sector bodies, including housing associations, are required to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relationships. The law refers to nine protected characteristics, including gender reassignment and sexual orientation.

The act also includes a new category of discrimination by perception or association.

This is when someone is discriminated because of their association with a person with a protected characteristic, for example being friends with a homosexual, or they themselves are wrongly perceived to have one of the characteristics.

The CIH has worked with charities, including Stonewall and the Albert Kennedy trust to produce a guide to help landlords respond to the needs of LGBT tenants.

The brief describes the implications of the Equality Act 2010 and provides examples of landlords providing services to LGBT tenants.

Sarah Webb, chief executive of the CIG, said: ‘It is vital that organisations are able to recognise and understand the diverse needs of LGBT tenants.’

Readers' comments (6)

  • Sidney Webb

    Why do people insist on the innacurate LGBT grouping.

    Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual are sexualities. Transgender is a gender - the clue is in the name!

    Lumping people together is anti-diversity enough, but to cross categorise is appalling. Indeed, in the spirit of the Act, to do so is discriminatory.

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  • I got call a F...... Skank at a meeting in the offices of our Housing Association but no officer of the RSL took action on my behalf. I was in a room and was the only white person. How do you think I feel this day

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  • Alpha One

    You provide services in the same way as your provide services to straight people, it's called equality.

    If you mean specific services, personally, this is the job of hte voluntary sector in my opinion, not the state or a tax payer funded HA.

    Dealing with discrimination, now that's a different matter. HA's should ensure they are dealing with LGBT people no differently than they are anyone else (or if you follow the equality act, better than they treat anyone else).

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  • Alpha, equality is also about making reasonable adjustments to ensure that everyone is treated equally, which is why documents may be translated or audio versions for those who are visually impaired etc. If LGBT people are discriminated against then making reasonable steps to address that is also equality, it's not favourable treatment, as much as others may wish to portray it.

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  • Sidney Webb

    There is no such thing as a LGBT person - the emotional turmoil for one would be devastating - LGBT makes a mockery of equality and diversity.

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    Sidney I couldn't agree more, LGBT is only a small part of someone's personality.

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