This press release was written by Alexandra De Luca.
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it would be rescinding a Trump-era proposal to gut the Equal Access Rule. The 2016 Equal Access Rule explicitly prohibits discrimination in HUD-funded housing and programs on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In addition, the rule provides inclusive definitions for families, and makes clear that individuals seeking emergency housing cannot be turned away because of their gender identity and have a right to be housed safely and in accordance with their gender identity. In 2020, the Trump Administration issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would have drastically undermine protections for transgender and gender non-conforming people served by HUD programs by equipping emergency shelters with ways to turn away transgender and gender non-conforming people. The 2020 rule was not finalized before the end of the Trump administration.
David testified to Congress about discrimination in housing in 2019, and the Human Rights Campaign has long fought to secure housing rights for trans and non-binary people.
Most recently, the Human Rights Campaign called for the restoration of the 2016 Equal Access Rule, including the provision in its post-election Blueprint for Positive Change. In addition, as part of the Blueprint for Positive Change, the Human Rights Campaign has called for HUD to:
A 2020 study by The Williams Institute reported that 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ, nearly nine times the estimate of LGBTQ-identifying adults in the United States. Nearly a third of transgender and non-binary people experience homelessness during their lifetime, including half of those who are Black, Middle Eastern, Multiracial, and/or undocumented immigrants.
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