Highlights from the N.A.G.L.R.E.P. Conference

By Doug Mayberry

I recently attended the national LGBT Real Estate Conference. The attendees included many of the top minds in luxury real estate. I was delighted to be among the agents with the most sales in the United States. It was fascinating. I loved learning new techniques from other forward thinking real estate professionals.

One of the highlights of the event was a presentation by the Jill’s. The duo are said to have the top sales among Realtors in the entire country. They move several hundred million dollars of real estate every year. I enjoyed speaking with them and exchanging methodology. They recently enjoyed a visit to Key West with their team.  It’s refreshing to hear outsiders’ perspectives about Key West, and it reminds me of just how amazing it is here.   

The ending speech at the conference was given passionately by Jim Obergefell. Jim was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges. This is the court case that brought about the legalization of gay marriage in the United States. Jim spoke about losing his husband, John, to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  He had flown his partner in a medical aircraft to Maryland, just so they could get married before John died. At the time, gay marriage was allowed in Maryland but back home in Ohio it was not. So when they got home, their marriage was not recognized by Ohio. 

Jim’s partner died shortly thereafter, and Jim took the case all the way to the Supreme Court. The room was in tears by the end of the speech. It felt incredible to meet this man in person.  Click this link to learn more about this society changing ruling. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obergefell_v._Hodges. Jim has now turned his attention toward securing protection for LGBT citizens in employment and housing.