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Trump Administration says shelters can choose transgender people’s housing

Trump Administration says shelters can choose transgender people’s housing

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In another move for religious freedom, the Trump Administration is again denying transgender people rights and services based on their gender identity.

According to BuzzFeed News, the Office of Management and Budget published a summary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Wednesday (22 May).

Under the proposed rule, shelter providers under HUD programs can cite various factors, including religious beliefs, and choose specific accommodations based on a person’s sex or gender identity.

As with past policies the Trump Administration has both proposed and passed, this rule muddies a policy from the Obama Administration.

In 2016, the Obama Administration passed a rule that ensured ‘equal access to individuals in accordance with their gender identity in programs and shelter funded under programs administered by HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development’.

The new proposed rule, however, allows shelters to determine where to house people — including place transgender people in housing based on their sex at birth and not on their gender identity.

By simply citing religious reasons, shelters could place transgender women in housing with cisgender men, and more.

The latest attack

GLAAD described this latest Trump policy as ‘another cruel attack’.

Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, echoed this thought.

‘The programs impacted by this rule are life-saving for transgender people, particularly youth rejected by their families, and a lack of stable housing fuels the violence and abuse that takes the lives of many transgender people of color,’ Keisling said in a statement.

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, 30% of people using housing programs identify as LGBTI.

The cost of religious freedom

Religious freedom has been the main weapon of the Trump Administration in targeting LGBTI people.

Recently, the Trump Administration proposed policies allowing doctors to deny healthcare to transgender people and supported faith-based foster systems denying same-sex couples.

Republicans in Congress also cite religious freedom as their main reason to not support the Equality Act.

It’s also happening with state legislation, as recently seen in Texas with the ‘Save Chick-fil-A’ bill.

See also

Lesbian couple forced out of transitional housing facility in Ohio

Homelessness to Hollywood: Trans actress revisits shelter that saved her life

Trans woman sexually assaulted while sleeping at Cleveland homeless shelter