Flatmate wanted: No heterosexuals please

A LISTING for a room in the New Zealand city of Wellington has received criticism and got the attention of the Human Rights Commission after specifying 'no heterosexuals' in their advertisement.

The ad included the line: "We don't want to live with a couple, a heterosexual person, or someone who is loud at night, or drinks/does drugs/party[s] a lot."

The existing flatmates described themselves as a "queer, transgender, vegetarian household".
 

The ad published on New Zealand's Trade Me site.
The ad published on New Zealand's Trade Me site.

They said they are "feminist/politically switched on adults" and went to say they also did not want to live with anyone who is "racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, fatphobic [sic], hates sex workers, hates migrants or is otherwise a jerk".

"We want to live with someone who is relaxed, motivated, grown up, reliable, considerate, child friendly, LGBTQIA+ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex or asexual], pays the board on time with no stress, [is] vegetarian or vegan."

Reddit shared the listing, sparking a debate on whether it is discriminatory or not.

A spokeswoman for the NZ Human Rights Commission said it was legal under the Human Rights Act to turn potential flatmates away on the basis of sexual orientation.


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