Bob McCranie helps LBGTQ+ Texans flee

“Flee Red States” connects clients to agents in other states or countries

Texas Pride Realty Group’s Bob McCranie
Texas Pride Realty Group’s Bob McCranie (Texas Pride Realty Group, Getty)

As Texas’ pro-business policies keep migration from other states flowing in, the state’s anti-LGBTQ+ laws are causing an outflow.

Dallas real estate agent Bob McCranie of the Texas Pride Realty Group is committed to helping fellow members of the LGBTQ+ community find homes, even if it means leaving Texas to feel safer.

In light of nine bills signed by Gov. Greg Abbott following the Texas legislative session that ended last month, McCranie launched “Flee Red States,” a program that connects clients with agents in other states or countries, reported

“We have numerous examples of Texas residents fleeing the state for more inclusive communities,” LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance Ryan Weyandt CEO said.

The LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance signed a memorandum of understanding with the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce this week in an effort to organize and show the community’s economic power, RisMedia reported.

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McCranie started his firm in 2009 after he and his partner were treated unfairly when purchasing a home. He found a niche cultivating a safe space for home buyers and sellers.

“If you go to a restaurant and you have crappy service and the food makes you sick, you’re never going to spend money in that restaurant again,” he said. “If you live in a state that takes away your civil rights and still charges you the same taxes, why would you go back to that state? If they’re threatening to criminalize you and your community, why would you go back?”

Local municipalities, like Dallas, Austin and Houston, have local protections for LGBTQ+ people for housing, employment, and healthcare. But Republican lawmakers have an agenda to override local control and end such protections. For people who once felt safe in cities like Austin, or neighborhoods like Dallas’ Oak Lawn or Houston’s Montrose, “those bubbles are going to get pre-empted,” McCranie said. 

He’s already helped 27 families since launching the “Flee Red States” program on June 1, he said. Hundreds of Texans have reached out to him, expressing their desire to sell their homes and relocate to an “inclusive” area.

—Quinn Donoghue 

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