A home is a place to relax; it's our own, private space, and a shelter from harm. For LGBT people who may already be facing discrimination and harassment in other aspects of their lives, their home can be even more important as a safe space.
So the fact that many LGBT tenants face homophobia and transphobia, and are sometimes subject to second class services is truly unacceptable. Hence the LGBT Housing Project; a collaboration led by the LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing and involving the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and Stonewall Scotland.
Key to the project has been its community focus, and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who kindly offered insight, knowledge and experience in the consultation process and focus groups. These contributions have been invaluable to the information and training provided by the project.
From the input by Scottish LGBT people, five clear standards for housing providers were developed:
With training and advice provided, a number of the pilot Housing Associations are now working to meet these standards. So what should you expect from your housing provider?
If you would like to find out more, or if you think your housing association or council could learn a thing or two, download a copy of our housing report Safe and Secure.
You can also download a copy of the Project Review.
We also produced guidelines on LGBT housing standards, and on homophobic and transphobic harassment, in conjunction with the Scottish Housing Regulator.
Download them below:
Click here to read about housing rights and the Equalities Act 2010.