House Rejects Gay Housing Protections

Mar 3, 2015

Laramie Democrat Cathy Connolly

An amendment that would have added gay and transgender people to a bill intended to protect Wyoming residents from housing discrimination—failed Tuesday.

Openly gay Laramie Democrat Cathy Connolly tried to add the two groups of people to the list of protected classes. Connolly, who is also a University of Wyoming Professor, says it’s a serious concern.

“I can tell you that at least once a year, a student comes to talk to me about the fear of losing his or her apartment or trailer, simply because they are gay.”

The House rejected the amendment, but approved the bill.  The bill allows Wyoming to investigate charges of housing discrimination. Currently such charges are invested by the federal government.