Monday, 30 March 2015

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.’

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