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Lesbian slur

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Lucifera Mon 28-Jul-08 15:13:07

I'm annoyed by this story - OK of course the estate agents shouldn't have used the word lesbian as a reference, but "slur"? One, they are lesbians, so what? Two, horrible to refer to it as a "slur", like calling someone a thief or a racist.
And they are in Suffolk, groan. Does not raise my hopes of finding convivial queer company when we move there full-time.

Lucifera Mon 28-Jul-08 15:14:16

I hope lots of delightful gung-ho East Anglia lesbos will now post to reassure me ....

MsDemeanor Mon 28-Jul-08 15:16:11

I don't see the word 'slur' anywhere though.

Lucifera Mon 28-Jul-08 15:23:29

oh sorry, maybe it was just in the Times coverage here

rebelmum1 Mon 28-Jul-08 15:26:09

ha ha would have liked to see the description of the property. How peculiar.

edam Mon 28-Jul-08 15:29:42

Blimey. I do think the estate agents should have been punished for being so darn rude and homophobic - why, exactly, use 'lesbian' as the password unless you have what Trisha would call issues? Guess the pay-out reflects the firm's refusal to apologise and accept it was wrong.

TotalChaos Mon 28-Jul-08 15:32:04

I agree with edam - the estate agents were completely out of order. I'm also curious as to how the offending ad appeared, and how obvious the lesbian reference was.

wheresthehamster Mon 28-Jul-08 15:33:58

So what did it actually say? <intrigued>

beanieb Mon 28-Jul-08 15:34:19

I don't get what this means:

"After an assessment visit in February from the Bury St Edwards branch of estate agency Jackson Stops & Staff, Suzanne Richards and Sarah Dobinson decided to check property websites used by the agents.

They discovered that the reference used for their property on www.rightmove.co.uk was the word 'lesbians.'"

were they selling a house for them?

beanieb Mon 28-Jul-08 15:34:19

I don't get what this means:

"After an assessment visit in February from the Bury St Edwards branch of estate agency Jackson Stops & Staff, Suzanne Richards and Sarah Dobinson decided to check property websites used by the agents.

They discovered that the reference used for their property on www.rightmove.co.uk was the word 'lesbians.'"

were they selling a house for them?

MsDemeanor Mon 28-Jul-08 15:35:15

I wouldn't read too much into the word slur, though I can see why it annoys you. The story is a tricky one to quickly condense into a headline so it's rather clumsily done, but I really think that's all it is.
Agree the estate agents behaved badly. Especially by refusing to apologise.

beanieb Mon 28-Jul-08 15:38:11

it's so confusing I can't even work out what they said, where, and why!

rebelmum1 Mon 28-Jul-08 15:40:42

How the estate agent could do that and not think it's wrong beats me. Maybe they have a range of references like 'oldcodgers' 'dirtybuggers' 'divorced' 'singlemum'

Lucifera Mon 28-Jul-08 15:42:58

I didn't see what the ad on Rightmove said either and don't understand how the word lesbian was used. Just, I keep hoping we've gone beyond "lesbian" being seen as an insult, and people being so terrified of being outed. Tho maybe they exaggerated to get the compensation!

wheresthehamster Mon 28-Jul-08 15:45:18

Wonder if all sellers are checking their own references? 'Ugly' 'Fat' 'nofashionsense' etc

MsDemeanor Mon 28-Jul-08 15:46:50

I don't think they were terrified of being outed - not if they are happy to be in the paper like this. I think what they didn't like is for anyone at all to be able to look online, see where they live and know their sexuality. After all, while most people are perfectly OK with homosexuality, we all know that not everyone is nice, and some people are very nasty. It was linking their address with their sexuality that freaked them out, and I don't blame them.
It was also an intrusion into their private lives.

weeonion Mon 28-Jul-08 15:51:43

sad that the estate agents felt they could use that irrelevant description when selling a house. homophobia is rife in certain areas - especially when a survey done in glasgow found that more people would be happy to live next door to a sex offender than a gay couple.

Lucifera Mon 28-Jul-08 16:02:50

OK Msdemeanor (and others) I do get your point. But I still feel depressed about it!

TotalChaos Mon 28-Jul-08 16:57:45

agree with MsDemeanour e.g. I wouldn't have been happy for my address and the comment "jewish" to be put on Rightmove.

cyteen Mon 28-Jul-08 17:00:58

Lesbian Slur would make a wicked band name.

MsDemeanor Mon 28-Jul-08 17:01:00

I have been on RightMove though and don't know where 'lesbian' could have been written. Perhaps by accident on the re: bit when you click through to contact an estate agent? That normally starts with re: Ox Hill Road or something similar.

nailpolish Mon 28-Jul-08 17:04:46

i dont get it

they are lesbians. its not a swear word, why dont they like people calling them lesbians?

Walnutshell Mon 28-Jul-08 17:07:21

huh? strange. just seems an irrelevant piece of information to use on a property website. unless it's synonymous with 'one careful lady owner' and the implication is that the house is particularly well-maintained!

MsDemeanor Mon 28-Jul-08 17:08:57

They don't like everyone who happens to click on a property website being told both their address and their sexuality.
I would guess the estate agent put it on as 'joke' hmm and it wasn't supposed to stay there but did.

DisenchantedPlusBump Mon 28-Jul-08 17:13:00

BECAUSE WHY THE HELL SHOULD THE FACT THEY ARE LESBIAN BE MENTIONED ON A PROPERTY WEBSITE?

Do they list other people as 'black,' 'obese' 'immigrant' 'straight couple with 2 kids'

Its totally irrelevant and I have no idea why the hell it would be mentioned hmm

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