As the great legend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” We face this question every day as we go about our daily routines, no matter what they may be. While serving home-seeking members of our communities with quality dedication, service and care, our company additionally aims to address this wise philosophic question with recent efforts to increase our support for diversity and spreading awareness, both throughout our firm and the neighboring regions that we actively serve. As a real estate company, it’s our duty to stay closely involved with our local communities to help ensure that each and every person feels comfortable and welcomed in the place that they call home.
Just this past summer, our brand sponsored the Symposium on New State and Federal Protections Against LGBT Discrimination in Housing, hosted by the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). Our very own Director of Training, Kim-Marie Mullin, was chosen by the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) to be a guest speaker at the event, adding even more to our company’s involvement with the cause. Kim-Marie is a dedicated member of NAGLREP, a stakeholder at HUD, which is a LGBT-friendly Realtor referral network that advocates on behalf of the rights of the LGBT community with regard to housing and discrimination laws.
“It is tremendously important to continue to raise awareness and advocate for the equal housing opportunity rights of members of the LGBT community,” said Mullin. “I feel deeply honored that I was invited to present at this important symposium.”
Discussion topics during the event included how housing discrimination is constituted, its impact on LGBT individuals and communities, protections provided by federal programs as well as state law, how homeless LGBT people are affected, resources for protecting housing rights, and the obligations of housing providers and lenders.
Similar social awareness and advocacy was brought to light and supported at the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s Global Networking Event in Miami in September, where our Southport brokerage manager Brad Kimmelman was given the opportunity to speak during a special session that focused on connecting with the growing demographic of the affluent LGBT community in the housing market. Kim-Marie spoke alongside Brad at the event, which was attended by real estate experts from all over the world, its wide audience adding tremendously to our mission to spread diversity awareness to as many communities as possible.
Most recently, we are proud to announce that Kim-Marie was selected as Greater Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s (CTGLC) Fairfield County Regional Council Chair for her unwavering commitment to diversity, education, communication and LGBT advocacy. CTGLC is a state-wide organization that works to maintain a strong foundation of diversity and aims to create, identify and enhance business opportunities for the LGBT community, which the organization believes results in a more inclusive and vibrant Connecticut economy. Membership is comprised of various businesses, individuals and corporations. CTGLC aims to provide equality to all members involved, whether a large corporate entity or a small local business.
Both Kim-Marie and Brad have been instrumental in raising diversity awareness within our company, and we hope to continue supporting their commendable efforts throughout the coming year. All it takes is a mindset of commitment and dedication to answering that daily question—“what are you doing for others?” With this focus, positive social change for the countless communities and neighborhoods that we serve each and every day becomes possible.
Keep up the great work, team!