June is Pride Month, dedicated to the celebration and commemoration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride. Pride Month honors the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, marking the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ+ Americans.
As a reminder we, as Realtors®, are subject to the National Association of REALTORS®’ Code of Ethics' standards in all of our activities. A violation of Article 10 in the Code of Ethics, as supported by Standard of Practice 10-5, can occur when a Realtor® uses harassing speech, hate speech, epithets and slurs based on the protected classes in any media or context, regardless whether related to activities in the real estate business or through identification as a Realtor®. This is something we as an organization will not tolerate. By and large, Realtors® condemn discrimination. There is no room for discrimination in real estate.
Wearing the letter R, the Realtor® R, is a badge of honor. It reflects the education, expertise and commitment of the profession and as America's largest trade association, it represents 1.5 million members strong, including the 8,000 members of SPAAR.
Please join me during Pride Month. Together, let’s stand up to discrimination this month and every day afterward. If you hear something, say something. Together, we will continue to make a difference.
Be better. Do better. Live better.
Brianne Lawrence, 2023 SPAAR President