Tim Kaine introduced new LGBT-protective legislation

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ANNANDALE, VA - JULY 14: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) (R) acknowledge the crowd during a campaign event at Ernst Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College July 14, 2016 in Annandale, Virginia. Hillary Clinton continued to campaign for the general election in November. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Senator and Hillary Clinton’s VP hopeful in last year election campaign continues supporting LGBT people. Earlier this year, back in March, a companion bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Scott Taylor and Brad Schneider.The Fair and Equal Housing Act was going to add sexuality and gender identity to the list of factors by which people cannot be discriminated against. “In far too many places across the country, LGBTQ people are at risk of being denied housing or kicked out of their homes just because of who they are,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. “What side of a state line you live on should not determine your ability to find a place to live without fear of discrimination. We thank Senator Tim Kaine for his continued leadership working to end unjust discrimination against LGBTQ people.” There are only 20 states and the District of Columbia which currently ban housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in state law. Two others include discrimination on the basis of sexuality but trans people are left out. According to the Human Rights Campaign, nearly a quarter of trans people have reported experiencing discrimination in housing.
Discrimination is currently banned based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, and national origin.

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