What if I advised you, that one rule was the distinction between 1000’s of individuals having housing or not? Fairly unbelievable, proper? Nicely it may have been actuality underneath the litany of assaults in opposition to trans individuals from the Trump administration.
This Anti-Trans shelter rule change was one of many extra hateful proposals to come out of this discrimination administration. Not solely wouldn’t it have eliminated very important protections for trans individuals searching for housing, nevertheless it additionally would have inspired shelter suppliers to resolve who’s eligible for entry to single-sex services which opens the door to discrimination. That is past merciless throughout regular circumstances nonetheless, in a worldwide well being disaster, this could’ve had a devastating impression in opposition to our trans siblings.
For the previous 4 years, we’ve lived and labored underneath extraordinary circumstances and immense strain, attempting our greatest to carry the road and stop the final administration from enacting the gravest of harms upon our group. We didn’t win each struggle, and far of the following a number of years must be spent recreating the legal guidelines, rules, and insurance policies that make up the infrastructure of trans civil rights. However as we speak, we received!
True Colors United and the Nationwide Heart for Transgender Equality are proud to announce that our marketing campaign to defeat the Trump administration’s Anti-Transgender Shelter Rule was victorious.
The importance of this explicit win can’t be understated. https://housingsaveslives.org/frequently-asked-question” goal=”_blank”>Entry to protected, affirming housing is a matter of life and dying for trans individuals experiencing homelessness, who’re considerably extra prone to expertise violence than cisgender individuals experiencing homelessness.
Housing Saves Lives. That’s the message that greater than 66,000 individuals despatched to Secretary Ben Carson’s HUD in response to their harmful, discriminatory proposal. The requirement that they reply to every message slowed them down and made it inconceivable for the rule to take impact earlier than the brand new administration.
A door that locks might not at all times be an sufficient barrier between trans individuals and a world that’s usually unsafe, however whenever you don’t have one, it’s all the things.
Your actions and your advocacy are reflections of how resilient our trans group is. How robust our solidarity is inside this motion for social justice. You stopped them from doing probably the most unspeakable hurt, and for that, we are able to by no means adequately categorical our gratitude.
Onward with hope,
Dylan Waguespack — Public Coverage & Exterior Affairs Director for True Colours United & D. Ojeda — Coverage Advocate for the Nationwide Heart for Transgender Equality