HUD announced that they have finalized their rule that ensures transgender people needing shelter will be provided housing in accordance to their gender identity.
Equality Federation hails this as a vital clarification and we express our greatest thanks to all the advocates who worked on these policy changes.
Fran Hutchins, Director of Organization Development and Training, saw first hand how discrimination can occur in the shelter system and praised the advocates involved in these changes: “I remember going on a site visit in 2007/8 to a certain shelter in Los Angeles where they *PROUDLY* told us that they did not allow transgender women into the women’s side of the shelter. I was shocked to find that although they received federal funding, there was no federal regulation stopping them from doing this. Some progress happened in 2012, finally, and this makes it even more clear.
This is also a great reminder to us in the LGBTQ advocacy community that when we talk about discrimination, it is most often the more vulnerable who are affected by it in their every day lives. For those of us with privilege (skin color, education, housing, financial, etc.) discrimination can often feel like a distant specter–one worth fighting but distant nonetheless. This drives home for me how important the work we are doing can be. Thanks you for your leadership on this NCTE!”
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