A friend of Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford claims he was denied the right to rent a room in London with his boyfriend because they are gay.
George Poole and his boyfriend Matthew Greenaway were told they could not join a house share in Clapham, south London because they were not a “regular couple“.
A friend of my GF is moving to London. He's gay. He, with his boyfriend, enquired about a house share. The response? pic.twitter.com/Akexd4TLXy
— Greg Rutherford (@GregJRutherford) October 1, 2014
Long jumper Greg Rutherford, whose girlfriend is a friend of Mr Poole’s, shared a picture of the text exchange on Twitter yesterday, and it quickly sparked outrage and was retweeted thousands of times.
It is illegal for a landlord to refuse to rent premises to someone because of their sexual orientation under the Equality Act 2010.
George and Matthew (above) are said to be very pleased by all of the supportive responses that they have received via Twitter.
It’s a shame that even today a gay couple are being bracketed as “irregular” by some people. Let’s be honest, George and Matthew probably don’t want to live with people like this anyway.
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