Last week, on Transgender Day of Remembrance, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed a new rule requiring federally funded emergency shelters to house transgender people according to their gender identity.
“Shelters are a critical resource for people in immediate need of a safe place to go, but right now they too often add to the risk transgender people face by failing to house them appropriately,” said Kris Hayashi, executive director of Transgender Law Center. “We applaud HUD’s proposed rule to make shelters safer and more accessible for everyone.”
The proposed Gender Identity Rule requires sex-specific shelters to house transgender people according to their gender identity, building on the 2012’s Equal Access Rule that prohibited discrimination against LGBT people in federally funded housing.
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