National CAPACD Opposes HUD’s Proposed Anti-Transgender Rule

On July 1st, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced proposed changes to its 2016 Equal Access Rule, which would allow HUD-funded housing providers to discriminate against transgender people seeking shelter. This proposed rule change advances the current Administration’s transphobic agenda and emboldens those who wish to harm the transgender community, particularly trans women and trans people of color, who are already disproportionately at risk of housing insecurity.

National CAPACD Executive Director Seema Agnani states “HUD’s proposed rule change is not only discriminatory, but also dangerous and particularly callous given the current crisis. During the COVID-19 pandemic, lack of access to safe shelter increases the risk of exposure in shared living spaces. Housing is a human right, not a benefit conditioned on sexual orientation or gender identity. National CAPACD stands with our transgender family in these difficult times, and we are committed to always advocating for gender justice in housing.”

National CAPACD’s partners have launched the Housing Saves Lives campaign to oppose HUD’s anti-transgender rule. Visit the campaign page to learn more, access templates once the 60-day comment period opens, and stay updated.