Imagine the outrage if the ad said “No pooftahs”

The Human Rights Commission is a bit upset, but nowhere near as upset if the ad had specified “No pooftahs”.

A room-for-rent advertisement in Wellington that specified ‘no heterosexuals’ has been criticised by the Human Rights Commission.

The advertisement, which was listed on Trade Me on Thursday, 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 line had been removed by Sunday. Attempts to contact the people behind the listing through Trade Me were unsuccessful.

It was for a four-bedroom house in the suburb of Newtown, which the existing flatmates described as a “queer, transgender, vegetarian household”.

Good grief, clearly not fans of meat and two vege.

They described themselves as two “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.”

So it appears there are a couple of fat lesbians who are fussy eaters residing in?the?flat already.

The listing was shared on social networking website Reddit on Saturday and had attracted more than 300 comments by Sunday as people debated whether it was discriminatory or a smart move to be so upfront and honest.

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

The general prohibition against discrimination did not apply to someone who will actually be living in the house with the proposed flatmate, she said.

But?she criticised the idea, saying prejudices should not become an acceptable part of public advertisements.

Clearly these flatmates haven’t heard the rules of the faculty of University of Woolloomooloo…especially Rule 1, Rule 3, Rule 5, and Rule 7.


– Fairfax