Marsha Wetzel’s Battle for Dignity
From the moment she arrived at her assisted living facility in Niles, Illinois, 69-year-old, openly lesbian Marsha Wetzel was under attack. In a suit filed with Lambda Legal, Wetzel accused the facility’s managers of failing to protect her even after she was pushed, shoved and spit on.
On February 6, Wetzel had her day in court. The case could set a legal precedent establishing the responsibility of housing providers to actively address discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity under the federal Fair Housing Act. As we await the judgment,SAGE stands with Marsha, because a win for this brave elder is a win for us all.
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