From Queerty comes a link to a story about the Fair Housing Councils of San Diego and San Fernando filing suit against Roommates.com because they feel ads seeking gay roommates are discriminatory against non-gays. Fuck yeah, they are. If you're a landlord, you can't disciminate. If you're inviting someone to live with you in your home, you sure can. Even in college you can get transferred out of your dorm room if you hate your cohabitant intensely enough.
It reminds me of when I was first searching for a roommate after moving to New York in 1992. I didn't have much cash so I started my search on the outskirts, namely places like Weehawken, New Jersey (where I wound up living for eight months of quirky hell). While canvassing Hoboken, I remember calling up one ad and asking some questions. The space had two or three young guys looking for one more. I finally had to work up the courage to ask, "I wanted to let you know that I'm gay—would that be an issue of any kind?" The guy said, "Well, none of us are that way and we have girlfriends and stuff so it probably wouldn't be something we'd want to, you know..."
I then went to see a space whose owner told me it was fine. I got there and he was this incredibly hunky Italian-American cop. He was friendly but reserved, then said he had no issue at all with homosexuality, and that his girlfriend or fiancée's brother was gay and nothing bothered him and, and, and. It was all very fuck tha police, except like...no, really. But he wanted to let me know he had a gun in the house. I can't believe I was more freaked out by the gun than I was turned on by the rather arresting porn-vid-in-the-making situation. I passed on living with him, and for a long time after could barely live with myself, let alone with the roommate I chose.
I did live with a gay guy, and I later lived with others, but I've lived with straight women and straight men, too (no lesbians yet, and my time is running out for new living situations). Honestly, I think it's significantly more of a burden for someone who is gay to find an accepting host than it is for someone who isn't gay and isn't about to live with one to find a seemingly non-gay border. For that reason, I think the Fair Housing Council needs to take into consideration the fact that all they're doing is inconveniencing people seeking and offering housing by suing a business catering (in part) to an already put-upon faction in the name of equality.