Washington D.C., Apr 23, 2021 / 15:00 pm
One legal group says that the Biden administration is putting women at risk in removing options for federally-funded women’s shelters to refuse clients identifying as transgender.
The Biden administration on Thursday withdrew a proposed rule that would have allowed federally-funded single-sex shelters to accept clients based on sex, and not gender identity. Under the proposed rule scrapped by the administration, women’s shelters would not have had to accept biological males identifying as transgender females, as a condition of federal funding.
Under the rule proposed by the Trump administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), shelters denying access to a client identifying as transgender still had to recommend the client to another shelter that would accept them.
The legal group Alliance Defending Freedom said that safety at women’s shelters could once again be compromised, if they were required to admit biological males on the condition of federal funding.