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GOP Policy Tells Homeless Shelters to Spot Trans People by Looking at Them

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), run by Dr. Ben Carson, recently said it would allow federally funded homeless shelters to reject transgender people who want help, overturning an Obama policy designed to prevent such an act of bigotry.

But how would those shelters, many of which are faith-based, even know who’s trans?

A new memo obtained by Vox provides the administration’s answer: Just look at them.

The rule’s language, according to the leaked text, states that single-sex shelter staff “may determine an individual’s sex based on a good faith belief that an individual seeking access to the temporary, emergency shelters is not of the sex, as defined in the single-sex facility’s policy, which the facility accommodates.”

In order to do this, HUD will allow shelter staff to take into account “factors such as height, the presence (but not the absence) of facial hair, the presence of an Adam’s apple, and other physical characteristics which, when considered together, are indicative of a person’s biological sex.”

In essence, the proposed rule encourages women’s-only shelter staff to use a visual appraisal of a woman’s appearance to judge whether that person is woman enough to use the facility.

But back to the original policy, people running shelters may believe that allowing trans people to be housed with the gender they identify as puts cis people at risk, but the data prove otherwise: Trans people are at a much higher risk of assault than almost any other group. The fear is based on a lie, and these Republican policies are based on unfounded fears.

A homeless shelter is supposed to be a temporary residence for anyone who needs it. Kicking trans people out could very well be a death sentence for them. Leave it to this administration to turn even a safe place into a vehicle for cruelty.

More at the link above.   Hugs

2 thoughts on “GOP Policy Tells Homeless Shelters to Spot Trans People by Looking at Them

  1. I’m not sure what the issue is here, unless it’s about men (transwomen who are actually men) wanting to be housed with women. I understand these issues, as I am a woman & I do not want to be rooming with a man who “identifies” as a woman.

    Most homeless shelters do separate their people by sex, so perhaps it’s about time there’s rooms for trans-people. Women shouldn’t have to room with men just because they identify as women. Just because there’s a mantra that “transwomen are women” doesn’t make it true.

    I have nothing against transwomen. They deserve the same rights as everyone else. I have been homeless & I know what it’s like to have to room with five or six women to a room. I don’t want to room with a man. I know lots of transwomen & they are not women, sorry.

    It’s about time that we get real about this. Create a separate rooming system for trans-people. (That goes for sports, as well). Women shouldn’t have to make room for people they don’t want to room with. We have rights & issues, too.

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    1. Scottie says:

      Hello Polly. Please take the time to read all of my reply.

      This is about bigotry. It is about homeless shelters that take federal funds being able to deny assistance to someone based on their view of the gender identity of the person seeking shelter.

      I and the majority of science disagrees with you on trans people. But I looked at the layout of the shelter. It seems to me it would be offensive if anyone was walking around displaying their genitalia in this open sleeping arrangement. There are bathroom facilities for dressing and other privacy needs.

      I think you do need to get real about this. What you are saying is no different than saying you don’t want to be in a room with other races. You don’t want to be in a room that had a POC in it, or an Asian. It is discrimination and bigotry for no reason other than an emotional dislike. At one time it seemed like common sense to people that the races should not mix, should be separate. It is saying that straight men shouldn’t have to use a locker room with a gay man, or that those other women you shared a room with shouldn’t have to share a room with a lesbian.

      It is time to get real about this issue, on that you are correct. Your saying that transwomen are not women is the same as when religious bigots tell me I was not born gay but choose to be. They deny the science so they can continue to insist on the right to discriminate against what they dislike.

      I am sure you understand gender identity is innate and on a spectrum just like sexual orientation. You have told me you are a lesbian so you understand that no matter what anyone said or did, they can not undo that or change how you feel. It is the same with gender identity.

      I think I may have told you I spent time overseas. The US is really prudish and hung up on what is between people’s legs compared to a lot of progressive countries. I stayed in dorms with mixed genders, all sharing the bathrooms facilities together. The bathrooms all had stalls, no urinals, showers were individual cubicles. No one freaked out, no one had issues, everyone did their thing without worrying about what sex organs the person at the sink next to them had.

      I admit it took me back when I was bike riding around a lake and there were different groups of people, families, elderly, and kids, some with clothes and some not. It was not thought of as a big deal. Except by young male US soldiers seeing it for the first time. But I adapted and accepted. I learned there was no need to fear opening my mind to a new concept.

      I do think we need to look at the shelter system in the US. We need to change our ideas and thinking on that also. The old ways did not work so well in some cases, so we need to rethink them. I was thinking of the private church boarding school I went to. The dorms were laid out with rows of small rooms. I wonder if that wouldn’t be a better solution to the shelter problem, it would give everyone privacy. This country has a problem with how it takes care of its people. Be well, Hugs


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