Trulia becomes an inclusive site. During Innovation Week, they decided to create Local Legal Protections, a tool for LGBT people to know if the place they want to rent or buy is covered by non-discrimination protections.
The development of this tool was made possible thanks to Pride, the LGBT group within Trulia. They relied on data collected by the Movement Advancement Project, a nonprofit that works to advance non-discrimination policies for LGBTQ people in the U.S.
The tool is very simple. It allows you to know whether the locality has legal statuses to protect you in three sections: housing, employment, and public accommodations:
- For housing, this refers to "Protection from being unfairly evicted, denied housing, or refused the ability to rent or buy housing.”
- For employment, it allows seeing if there are local workplace protections for LGBTQ workers.
- For public accommodations, it addresses local laws offering protection from being denied services or entry to public spaces.
“We want to help people understand their neighborhood and find a place they love to live,” said Tim Correia, Trulia’s general manager and senior vice president. “We are proud of this new feature, but acknowledge that the LGBT community isn’t the only group without explicit federal protections. LGBT specific data is a starting point for our Local Legal Protections feature. We’re always looking into data sources that will give house hunters the information they need to find the right place to live.”
Given that only 55.2% of housing units are covered by local LGBT protections (only 22 states + Washington, D.C. offer full protections), this new tool will surely help to find a pleasant place.