On May 21, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson told Congress that he had no intention of rolling back an Obama-era rule that protected homeless transgender people seeking services at single-sex shelters.
But on May 22, HUD released a list of proposed rules, including one that directly contradicted Carson’s claim. This proposed rule would allow shelter providers under HUD programs or that receive HUD funds to refuse to provide services to someone based on their gender identity. The policy would apply if that person was attempting to use gender-specific or sex-segregated facilities.
“The proposed rule permits Shelter Providers to consider a range of factors in making such determinations,” the rule abstract states, “including privacy, safety, practical concerns, religious beliefs, any relevant considerations under civil rights and nondiscrimination authorities, the individual’s sex as reflected in official government documents, as well as the gender which a person identifies with.”