In federally funded housing programs, it's illegal for landlords to discriminate based on race, ethnicity — or even against the guy who says his pit bull keeps him from having panic attacks.
But against homosexuals or the transgendered? No problem there.
That may soon change. While many had hoped President Barack Obama would issue an executive order forbidding discrimination due to sexual orientation, that hasn't happened. Instead, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has come up with a potential “regulation” against such bigotry (other “regulations” require units to, say, have heat or come equipped with a stove). Here's where you come in.
San Franciscan John Trasvina, HUD's assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity, wants to hear your thoughts and experiences regarding housing discrimination. He's inviting one and all to a “roundtable discussion” Wednesday at City Hall room 408 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.