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Black Rental Agent Refuses To Rent Apartment To Gay Couple Saying "That's a part of life"

Juliet Stewart, the operator of Rental Diva confirms that she discriminated against the gay couple, noting that she was only “protecting” them from a homophobic landlord. It was “too risky” for a gay couple to live in that apartment, she says. “My clients are exempt discrimination because they are Seventh-day Adventists. They’re religious. That’s their religion,” Stewart says. “They told me that they don’t want [gay people]. Look, I’m a person of colour. I know what it’s like to be discriminated against. You can’t force someone to do something they don’t want to do. There’s jobs I didn’t get. I wish someone had of told me, ‘Don’t show up because you’re black.’ I wish they would do that because I wouldn’t waste my time. That’s a part of life.” Stewart says it’s not her place to “push [homosexuality] down their throats" and she doesn't want to risk losing the client. “If I said anything, the client would get angry,” she says. “I don’t want to lose my contract with them for going against what they said they didn’t want.” When informed that Prentice and Derucio plan to file a human rights complaint, Stewart replied, “So be it. If they want to go after me, go after me. I’m the messenger.”

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