Biden Wants Shelters to Provide Housing by Gender Identity, Not Biological Gender

By Melanie Arter | March 6, 2020 | 2:57pm EST
(Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

( – Former Vice President Joe Biden plans to house homeless transgender people in shelters according to their gender identity instead of their biological gender.

Biden’s campaign website noted that when he served as vice president, the Obama administration “ensured federally funded homeless shelters provide housing according to an individual’s gender identity and cannot refuse services based on gender identity or sexual orientation.”

He noted that the Trump administration “has since proposed allowing shelters to discriminate against transgender people when determining their accommodations, for example by forcing transgender women to sleep and use the bathroom in the same place as men.”

In other words, the Trump administration’s shelter policy requires that people sleep and use the bathroom according to their biological gender – their gender at birth.

“As President, Biden will secure the passage of the Equality Act, ensuring that no President can ever again single-handedly roll back civil rights protections for LGBTQ individuals, including in housing and homeless shelters. And, he will increase funding for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act to ensure LGBTQ individuals have access to transitional living programs that provide essential services like job counseling and mental and physical health care,” the campaign website stated.

Furthermore, Biden has set a national goal of ensuring that 100 percent of ex-convicts have a place to live after being released from prison.

“If incarcerated individuals do not find housing upon reentry, that lack of housing can be completely destabilizing and limit their likelihood of successfully staying out of the criminal justice system and fulfilling their potential,” the campaign website stated. 

“Biden will work toward a goal of ensuring 100% of formerly incarcerated individuals – at the federal and state level – have housing upon release. He’ll start by eliminating barriers keeping formerly incarcerated individuals from accessing public assistance, including housing support,” the website added.

The former vice president plans direct the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to “only contract with entities that are open to housing individuals looking for a second chance.”
Furthermore, he’ll “expand funding for transitional housing, which has been drastically cut under the Trump Administration.”


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