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Diversity Committee Unanimously Votes to Include Gender Identity Protections in NAR Code of Ethics

NAR’s Diversity Committee discusses the inclusion of gender identity into the NAR Code of Ethics.

On Wednesday, May 16, 2012, the Diversity Committee unanimously voted to pursue the inclusion of gender identity in the NAR Code of Ethics. This is another historic time for NAR, following the last big win from the 2010 NAR annual meeting in New Orleans when NAR’s delegate body voted to amend the NAR Code of Ethics to include sexual orientation as a protected class. That proposal, originally brought forward by the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) and the Wisconsin Realtor Association, passed with 93% of NAR’s delegate body in favor of the amendment.

Diversity Committee member and NAGLREP Board of Directors member, Joe Schutt, addresses the Diversity Committee

While this is just the beginning of the path for gender identity inclusion, it is certainly another big milestone. The distinction between sexual orientation and gender identity is not clear enough. As was stated over and over in the Diversity Committee meeting: if we question the need for further clarification and specific inclusion of gender identity, then there is still a need.

A number of committee members and guests addressed the Committee, including Jeff Berger, founder of NAGLREP.

The resolution will now be sent to NAR’s Professional Standards Committee for further review and then to their Interpretations Subcommittee. Final resolution should hopefully be seen during the NAR annual meetings this November in Orlando.

Photos courtesy of Jeff Berger, NAGLREP

Maura Neill

Maura Neill, CRS, CDPE, ABR, e-PRO®, MA, RE/MAX Around Atlanta, Atlanta, GA Maura Neill is a second-generation REALTOR® who combines her love for the industry with her passion for education. Before getting into the real estate business in 2001, Maura previously taught at The Florida State University and the University of Phoenix. She is a solo agent with RE/MAX Around Atlanta, actively representing buyers and sellers on a day-to-day basis, and considers education – both clients and other real estate agents – an important part of her role as a REALTOR®. She is an active real estate speaker and trainer, speaking at various state associations and conferences on topics such as real estate technology, building your business via social media, customer service and client retention. She is also the lead instructor and subject matter expert for NAR's newest course, Working With Military Home Buyers. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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