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A Broker for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Clients

Tama Robertson, a real estate broker, was warming up to a landlord on the Lower East Side of Manhattan recently when he casually asked for her help in breaking the law. Ms. Robertson had heard landlords make crude requests before, but this one stopped her cold.

“Try to get me some good people,” she remembers him saying. Got it.

“Make sure their finances are in order.” No problem.

And then, she recalled, he delivered this ultimatum: “Don’t bring me any gays or blacks.”

Ms. Robertson flinched, but wasn’t all that surprised.

“We have a tendency to think that 10 years ago was 10 years ago, but it’s not,” Ms. Robertson said. Despite state and city anti-discrimination laws, outright discrimination, she added, “is alive and well.”

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