The Biden administration on Thursday withdrew a rule proposed by the Trump administration that will have allowed single-sex homeless shelters to exclude transgender individuals from amenities that correspond with their gender identification.
The rule was a part of a broad, governmentwide effort by the Trump administration to impose restrictions on civil rights for transgender individuals, even after a Supreme Court ruling affirming protections for homosexual and transgender employees. President Biden had broadly exerted the ability of his workplace to freeze or overturn a few of these restrictions virtually instantly after taking workplace.
“We are taking a critical step in affirming HUD’s commitment that no person be denied access to housing or other critical services because of their gender identity,” Marcia L. Fudge, the housing secretary, said of the rule withdrawal in a statement. “HUD is open for business for all.”
The motion represented a stark change in coverage on the housing division, which mentioned under the Trump administration last year that the rule would permit shelters to base admissions on “biological sex,” including that the rule change would accommodate the “religious beliefs of shelter providers.”
Ben Carson, the earlier housing secretary, had additionally expressed concern earlier, in 2019, about “big, hairy men” having access to ladies’s shelters to abuse or assault ladies searching for safety.
“The current HUD rule permits any man, simply by asserting that his gender is female, to obtain access to women’s shelters and even precludes the shelter from asking for identification,” Mr. Carson had mentioned in a letter to Democratic lawmakers final 12 months.
The proposed rule change was criticized by civil rights teams — together with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Human Rights Campaign — which mentioned the rule would imply transgender ladies, and even doubtlessly different ladies mistaken as transgender, could also be referred to shelters that additionally accommodate males, the place they may face abuse or assault. Some ladies may lose entry to shelters solely, they added.
“By ending this discriminatory proposal for good, the department is righting a serious wrong,” mentioned Dylan Waguespack, the director of public coverage at True Colors United, which works on stopping homelessness amongst L.G.B.T. youth. “Whether it’s homeless shelters, sports or health care, supporting the safety and dignity of all young people is a central tenet to our society, regardless of who they are or who they love.”