President Joe Biden’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reversed a Donald Trump administration rule that gave homeless shelters the right to not accept transgender people. LGBTQ advocates win, but even so, the state laws a ramping up with “a record-number of anti-transgender bills across the country.”
Recently installed HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge said she was working on returning to the Obama-era Equal Access Rule, according to The Forbes magazine:
‘[It ensures that no one can be] denied access to housing or other critical services because of their gender identity.’
Last year, the Trump administration eased off on these protections in a sly way. It let federally funded homeless shelters refuse transgender people from coming into single-sex buildings, which correlated with their gender identity.
Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson modified the Equal Access Rule. This was his reasoning:
‘[There was] anecdotal evidence that some women may fear that non-transgender, biological men may exploit the process [to enter women’s shelters.’
HUD, however, said at the time:
‘[HUD was] not aware of data suggesting that transgender individuals pose an inherent risk to biological women.’
The rule never actually went into effect, but transgender advocates liked it. The reason was that they are disproportionally hit with homelessness a UCLA Williams Institute study showed in 2020.
Deputy Executive Director for the National Center for Transgender Equality Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen released a statement that read:
‘This is a decision that will save lives, and help transgender people experiencing homelessness receive the assistance they need.’
Republican lawmakers have recently introduced anti-transgender laws across the country. Arkansas was the first state to literally ban gender-affirming medical treatment for minors. Now, 15 additional states have begun considering like laws.’
In addition, Republican legislators have been looking at bills that exclude transgender women and girls from competing in sports as their gender identity. Arkansas, South Dakota, and Tennessee have already instituted these laws.
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