Trump HHS/HUD Regulations Cast Trans Americans As “Lesser” Citizens

For Immediate Release: May 24, 2019
Contact: Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director - (207) 358-9785

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) today condemned proposed rules from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would significantly roll back legal protections for transgender people.

The latest regulations from the Trump/Pence administration are designed to strip civil rights from groups including women and LGBTQ people, giving the religious right free rein to discriminate against them by depriving them of the most basic of needs: housing and health care. CFI stands with those who will be harmed by this discriminatory rule, and we will continue to oppose this administration’s handover of government to religious extremists.

The HHS announcement comes on top of a HUD proposal earlier in the week that rolls back protections for transgender people who are forced by circumstances to rely on homeless shelters. Announced only one day after Secretary Ben Carson promised Congress that no changes to the current protections were planned, this new rule would remove a requirement that federally funded homeless shelters provide equal access to transgender people.

Transgender people suffer from disproportionately high levels of violent crime and suicide; discrimination against them is widespread in education, housing, employment, and medical treatment is widespread. The removal of hard-fought protections for transgender individuals, along with the public announcement that no protections are warranted to prevent the demonstrable harm they face, represents an assault on this marginalized group.

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