The Housing Guide

Putting a Roof Over Your Head

Stonewall Scotland has partnered with Shelter Scotland to release a housing guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Since April 2007 it has been unlawful to discriminate against LGB and T people when providing goods and services. However, recent YouGov research for Stonewall found that one in five lesbian and gay people still expect to be treated worse when applying for social housing and this rises to one in four among young (18-24) and older (over 55) gay people.

Putting a Roof over Your Head provides bespoke information for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB and T) people about renting accommodation, tenants’ rights and what to do if you’re at risk of becoming homeless. The guide is also useful for staff or family members offering support to LGB and T people facing housing issues.

The guide also gives tips on staying safe and getting through the maze of putting a roof over your head. Often money and location affect your options for housing, and this guide is designed to show that whatever your situation you do have choices and will not be treated differently because you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

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