Wexton Introduces Bill to Block HUD’s Proposed Rule Targeting Transgender People
The legislation was introduced following yesterday’s announcement of a proposed rule to gut Equal Access protections. HUD Secretary Ben Carson assured the Congresswoman the day before that he had no plans to change the Rule.
Washington, DC, May 23, 2019
Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced the Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act, which would block a proposed rule by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to allow homeless shelters to deny transgender people equal access to services. The proposal from HUD comes one day after HUD Secretary Ben Carson told Congresswoman Wexton and the House Financial Services Committee that HUD was “not currently anticipating changing the rule.”
The proposed rule, announced yesterday, would gut the Equal Access Rule implemented by HUD in 2012 to ensure shelters do not discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
“This is a cruel attack on a vulnerable population. Barring a community already subject to alarmingly high levels of violence and abuse from access to life-saving shelter is dangerous. This administration’s relentless assault on the rights of LGBTQ Americans cannot continue.”
WATCH: Secretary Ben Carson tells Congresswoman Wexton, “I’m not going to say what we will do in the future about anything. I’m not currently anticipating changing the rule.”
According to the US Transgender Survey:
According to The Williams Institute, 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ.