Brokerage Celebrates Pride Month With Video in Support of LGBTQ Community

Brokerage Celebrates Pride Month With Video in Support of LGBTQ Community

A Los Angeles-based brokerage is celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month with a video that draws attention to homeownership in the gay community.

Ashby & Graff Real Estate’s “Holding Hands, Holding Dreams” video highlights the familiar feelings of thrill that come with first holding hands and first seeing the perfect home for sale. Emphasizing and connecting the joy of holding hands with the joy of finding that perfect home delivers a message that relates to all people, said Ashby & Graff in a press release promoting the video.

The brokerage notes that denial of housing or jobs because of failure to include LGBTQ people in anti-discrimination statutes. A recent study found same-sex couples are denied mortgages 73 percent more frequently than opposite-sex couples of similar financial worthiness. A separate study by Freddie Mac and the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals found 46 percent of LGBT renters fear discrimination in the home-buying process.

Pride Month is held in June to commemorate the 1969 uprising at Stonewall in Greenwich Village. Coincidentally, June is also National Homeownership Month.

“The LGBTQ community has taken incredible strides toward true equality but there is still progress to be made,” said Ashby & Graff CEO John Graff. “We celebrate the gains but recommit to fighting for a better and more equal future on behalf of our employees, clients and their families.”

“At Ashby & Graff, we embrace and value our differences because it is diversity of thought that strengthens us. Diversity and inclusion aren’t just a corporate policy, they are the fibers that weave the durable fabric of our organization. We are proud to celebrate diversity and the contributions of the LGBTQ community during Pride Month and throughout the entire year.”

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After earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Central Florida, Tracey set out in the real world at Florida Realtors in 1994 as a communication assistant, working her way up to editor in chief of Florida Realtor magazine. In 2004, she left the association to start her freelance writing and editing business. One of her first clients was REAL Trends, and she started working for the organization in 2005. In 2014, Tracey was promoted to editor in chief of publications for REAL Trends. She handles the writing and editing of all REAL Trends publications and marketing materials, including LORE Magazine, the REAL Trends newsletter and the blog. She is also the primary podcast interviewer where she conducts interviews with top real estate industry leaders and affiliated industry leaders. Tracey is married with two children.

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