While the trans community grieves yet another brutal murder of a black trans woman in Texas (and now another one in Philadelphia, this time of Michelle “Tamika” Washington, RIP), the Trump administration has been busy drafting legislation to allow homeless shelters to deny entry to trans people.
This proposed rule provides that grant recipients, subrecipients, owners, operators, managers, and providers (Shelter Providers) under HUD programs which permit single-sex or sex-segregated facilities (such as bathrooms or temporary, emergency shelters and other buildings and facilities with physical limitations or configurations that require and are permitted to have shared sleeping quarters or bathing facilities) may establish a policy, consistent with state and local law, by which such Shelter Provider considers an individual’s sex for the purposes of determining accommodation within such shelters and for purposes of determining sex for admission to any facility or portion thereof.
If you're not fluent in legalese, and I'm certainly not, you can rely on the National Center for Transgender Equality to assure you that yes, this is fucking over trans homeless people.
BREAKING: The Trump administration just announced its plan to deny transgender people experiencing homelessness equal access to shelters. #SheltersSaveLives #WontBeErased https://t.co/0rxZWbu0K4— National Center for Transgender Equality (@TransEquality) May 22, 2019
And of course, let's all remember that trans people are disproportionately likely to experience homelessness due to families disowning them and rampant workplace discrimination, among other things all related to transphobia.
Here are the facts:— National Center for Transgender Equality (@TransEquality) May 22, 2019
🚨 1 in 3 trans people have been homeless in their lives
🚨 70% of trans people who have used a shelter have experienced harassment
🚨 This is a heartless move against some of our society’s most vulnerable.#SheltersSaveLives #WontBeErased pic.twitter.com/ITIkV7ITjg
I know we cis ladies are very concerned about the attacks on bodily autonomy happening right now, but just as trans women support us in that fight, we MUST support them and fight to protect them from these attacks. Just as unsafe abortions kill, so does homelessness and intense societal transphobia, and especially transmisogyny.