The Trump administration announced a proposal on Wednesday to allow federally-funded housing services to turn away individuals whose gender identity does not match the sex they were assigned at birth. The proposed rule, according to Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, would “better accommodate religious beliefs of shelter providers.”
The proposal rolls back provisions added during the previous administration. In 2016, former President Barack Obama added a section to the Equal Access Rule that “requires all HUD funded housing services to be provided without discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” according to Carson’s statement.
Under the proposed modification to the rule, shelter providers that “lawfully operate as single-sex or sex-segregated facilities” will be allowed to develop “admissions determinations” for people who have a different gender identity than what they were assigned at birth.