The Trump administration in May announced that it wants to roll back protections for homeless people who are transgender.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) plans to do away with a rule that prevents single-sex homeless shelters from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Under HUD's proposed change, homeless shelter operators could create a policy to consider "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," reported USA Today.
The change would also allow shelter operators to consider "practical concerns [and] religious beliefs" as well as "the individual's sex as reflected in official government documents" as a condition of offering shelter.
Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, criticized the proposal in a statement.
"This is a heartless attack on some of the most vulnerable people in our society," Keisling said. "The programs impacted by this rule are life-saving for transgender people, particularly youth rejected by their families, and a tack of stable housing fuels the violence and abuse that takes the lives of many transgender people of color across the country. Secretary [Ben] Carson's actions are contrary to the mission of his Department and yet another...