Imagine being harassed, being subjected to constant hostility from your landlord, and ultimately being pushed out of the home you live in, just because of your sexual orientation. This became a reality for Luke, a young college student living in North Dakota.
Since student housing had such a hefty price tag, Luke decided to rent an apartment off campus. He luckily found a basement apartment that was for rent—it was the perfect solution.
Shortly after he settled in, his landlord found out that he is gay1 and told him that he was not allowed to have any gay friends over or he would face eviction.
His landlord’s hostility towards him grew and grew. She even threatened to raise his rent if he didn’t rethink his sexual orientation.
I shouldn’t feel like I need to alter myself to live somewhere.
Luke ultimately moved into student housing, which was more expensive, just to escape the harassment that he was facing.
In Luke’s own words, “People have the right to feel secure. As someone who works to pay his bills, I should feel secure living somewhere that I pay rent. I shouldn’t feel like I need to alter myself to live somewhere.”
North Dakota is one of 31 states in the country where it’s legal to discriminate against LGBT2 Americans. They can be fired from jobs, denied medical treatment, or, in Luke’s case, be left unprotected when it comes to housing rights.
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Can be fired or denied a promotion
Can be evicted from their homes or denied housing
Can be denied service at public establishments, denied medical treatment, or even kicked out of restaurants or businesses
North Dakota’s total population
Total LGBT population
Of LGBT population raising children