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Trump Targeting Trans Homeless

By Charlotte Robinson, August 01, 2019
The Trump administration is attempting undermine protections for transgender people at homeless shelters to cause confusion for providers & place a vulnerable population at greater risk, according to the Center for American Progress. The Trump administration’s proposal would allow shelter providers to create their own policies for access to single-sex or sex-segregated facilities which could result in shelters denying admission to transgender people on religious or other discriminatory grounds. Laura E. Durso, Vice President for the LGBT Research & Communications Project at the Center for American Progress & co-author of the report stated, “This proposal would let shelters turn away people experiencing homelessness or put them at risk for discrimination & abuse if forced into inappropriate housing. The Trump Administration’s move to undermine the Equal Access Rule’s clear & explicit protections is contrary to the law, will prevent providers from understanding their obligations to serve people equally & will reduce access to shelter for transgender & nonbinary people, especially those living in nonmetropolitan areas.” Policies that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity like the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s 2012 & 2016 Equal Access Rules are necessary to ensure safe & equal access to shelters for people in need. The new analysis finds that among respondents to a nationally representative survey of LGBTQ people, nearly 76 percent of those living in nonmetropolitan areas reported that it would be somewhat difficult, very difficult or impossible to find an alternative shelter if they were turned away.
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