Los Angeles LGBT Center released a statement today denouncing the Trump Administration’s proposal that would allow homeless shelters to discriminate against homeless trans people. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) rule attempts to deny homeless trans individuals access to homeless shelters in the midst of a global pandemic
In response to the HUD’s proposed rule change for shelter providers, Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean, issued the following statement:
“The Trump Administration continues its unceasing and inhumane attack on transgender people. Apparently, it’s not enough for the Administration to oppose equal rights for trans people or to take away their healthcare. Now, they want to take away the roofs over their heads.
At a time when COVID-19 is rampant, unemployment is at an all-time high, and homelessness is growing, this policy change will put trans people on the streets due to shelters being allowed to deny housing to them. This is appalling and unacceptable.
“Transgender people, especially black trans women, are disproportionately affected by homelessness and continue to be murdered at alarming rates. With the spread of COVID-19, HUD’s number one priority should be increasing access to homeless shelters for the trans community—not reducing it.
The Center joins with our community partners and all people of good conscience to condemn this federal decision.”
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Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center’s nearly 800 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.