LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance has kicked off the annual June Pride Month celebration and will hold more than 25 events for the real estate industry and consumers, the organization announced.
“Many people don’t realize that Pride Month, which is now celebrated around the world, was founded in June 1970 when the community of Greenwich Village in Manhattan returned to Stonewall, a well-known LGBTQ+ club, to honor the first anniversary. of a revolt against the police who had violently raided the bar marking the beginning of the modern LGBTQ+ movement,” said Ryan Weyandt, CEO of the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance. “This is an amazing month for the LGBTQ+ community as we celebrate the importance of living our lives authentically and the progress we have made. This celebration honors our movement and acknowledges the challenges we have faced as community to bring us to the point where the biggest companies and brands in real estate fully engage with us with a focus on the needs of our community.
“Pride Month is also special because of the incredible support we receive from the Ally community in our industry,” Weyandt continued. “Although this is only the second season of Pride from the Alliance, we are honored to do our duty and carry the real estate industry’s PRIDE flag as we welcome so many professionals and consumers to our activities and we look forward to expanding our programming each year.”
The Alliance says its flagship consumer event will be the second annual LGBTQ+ First Home Buyers Seminar on June 14 at 7 p.m. ET. The virtual event is free with mandatory registration. It will feature a variety of important topics for potential homeowners, including discussions on down payments, types of mortgages, pre-approval and the loan process. The program will also provide insight into selecting an agent, home and neighborhood while offering insights into the offer, negotiations and the different stages of closing. The Alliance will also provide resources to help address potential housing discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Alliance will also be hosting another Alliance Certified Ally™ course on June 16 at 2 p.m. ET. Led by the Director of Education and Member Services for the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance, Alex Cruz, the engaging and interactive 2.5 hour session will help attendees better understand the LGBTQ+ community and provide important insights into how to work with potential buyers and sellers who identify as part of the community, the organization said. Aimed at heterosexual participants, this course opens eyes to the issues of discrimination faced by LGBTQ+ clients and helps participants continue their journey of cultural competency. Click here to join.
Cruz will offer the program in person on June 22 at the South Shore (Massachusetts) Association of REALTORS®.
Also on June 16, Weyandt and Alliance Policy & Advocacy Council co-chair Chris Suranna will represent the organization at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Pride Month celebration and speak to alongside SAGE, Cindy Lauper’s True Colors Foundation, the Trevor Project, and major LGBTQ+ groups. Alliance national board member and activist Feroza Syed will speak about her journey as a transgender real estate professional, according to a statement.
Weyandt will also participate in the Alliance’s first RealTalk event hosted by Farrah Wilder, vice president and director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the California Association of REALTORS® on June 29. The program is designed for local, regional and state REALTOR® Associations to learn about the challenges their LGBTQ+ members and consumers are facing. Attendees will learn about findings from the Alliance’s second annual LGBTQ+ Real Estate Report which showed how and where discrimination affects real estate professionals and consumers. Leaders of the National Association of REALTORS® will lead a discussion on the importance of the Equality Act, which is currently stalled in the US Senate, and renew their support for this landmark legislation.
The Alliance has announced that the following chapters of the organization will also be hosting events in June:
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A full list of Alliance Pride Month activities is available here.
For more information, visit realestatealliance.org.