CNN – The Department of Housing and Urban Development is proposing a new rule that would allow federally funded homeless shelters to consider sex and gender identity when deciding whether to accommodate someone.
The proposal came a day after Secretary Ben Carson told Congress he is “not currently anticipating” changes to the Equal Access Rule, an Obama-era rule that required shelters provide lodging regardless of gender identity.
The proposed rule would permit shelters that have bathrooms and sleeping quarters separated by sex to consider a person’s sex for allowing accommodation or admission . . . critics say [this] would lead to transgender individuals being turned away or discouraged from seeking shelter.