This week we learned of continued attempts to erode the rights of transgender and gender diverse communities across the country.
Earlier this week the Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed a new rule that would limit access to shelter services for transgender and gender diverse communities. If this rule were to go into effect it would exacerbate already dire conditions for our communities. According to the National Center for Transgender Equality one in three transgender people will experience homelessness in their lifetime; in Washington State that rate is even higher at 37%.
Here in Washington State we clear and strong anti-discrimination laws that will continue to protect transgender communities. You can read our full statement here.
This morning we learned of a new proposed rule by the Health and Human Services Department that would limit access to life-saving healthcare for transgender and gender diverse communities. If this rule were to become law it would allow healthcare providers across the country to deny care on the basis of gender identity. More and more transgender and gender diverse people would loose access to life saving healthcare. You can read our full statement here.
We urge our communities and our allies to take action today! This proposed rules is just that – a proposed rule. There is a lot that we can do today that will prevent this proposed rule from becoming law. You can go to www.protecttranshealth.org today to submit a comment to HHS against this proposed rule. Please do so today and help us spread the word by sharing the graphic below!
If you are a transgender or gender diverse person in Washington State and you believe you have been denied access to a shelter or healthcare service please call our office at 206.849.7859 to get support.