Trump to protect women in shelters from gender-confused men

Trump to protect women in shelters from gender-confused men

The Trump administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a new federal regulation Wednesday that would allow single-sex homeless shelters to truly remain single-sex, to the chagrin of transgender activists.

The proposed rule would allow single-sex homeless shelters to turn away gender-confused individuals of the opposite sex, consistent with the “religious beliefs of shelter providers,” The New York Timesreported. The administration says the rule will be consistent with the principle that shelters “must not discriminate based on sexual orientation or transgender status.”

The administration argues that the rule, which would reverse an edict from the Obama administration, will allow shelters to protect actual women from the various challenges of being forced to share close quarters and intimate facilities with men, including men (such as abusive ex-partners) who aren’t actually gender-confused and merely claim trans status to get close to potential victims.

The dangers of diluting sex-segregated facilities is not theoretical. 

In 2012, Christopher Hambrook assaulted multiple women at a Toronto shelter by claiming to be transgendered. “One of the guests at a rescue mission overheard someone on the street saying, ‘Dude, if you go down to the rescue mission and tell them you’re transgender, you can sleep in the women’s dorm and even shower with them,’” John Ashmen, president of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions said at the time.

Implementation of the regulation may be complicated, however, by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to reinterpret “sex discrimination” in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include “sexual orientation and gender identity,” which could force shelters to regard “trans women” as if they were actually women.