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Blatant bias from White House against homeless

Sometimes you hear something that is so distasteful, so blatantly unfair, that it stops you  cold in your tracks. 

News that President Trump supports a proposal from the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would allow the operators of federally funded homeless shelters to deny services to those they feel are unworthy is one such instance.

The HUD proposal states that those homeless shelter operators could dictate what services transgender people may use. That means they could deny services based on their own personal fancy. It could be due to religious reasons, among others, which blurs any semblance of a line between church and state that the White House would like us to believe exists in this case. 

If an operator decided to withhold services from a transgender individual, that could force that person out onto the streets — or perhaps force him or her to end up in a shelter that serves a population with whom he or she doesn’t identify. 

Now you don’t have to approve of transgender people, their lifestyles or their personal preferences to see how wrong this is. You just have to believe that people are equal, and deserving of equal treatment. 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson is pushing for the proposal, which he promised lawmakers at a May 21 congressional hearing should not get rid of rules made during the Obama presidency that protect transgender people from housing discrimination. Really? In what world is this not discrimination? 

Understandably, some on Capitol Hill were angered that the proposal made its way onto a to-do list put out by the Trump administration just one day later. Details are not immediately available, and are expected to be released later this year, along with comments. 

According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, at some point in their life, 1 in 5 transgender people experience homelessness. Is it right to turn them away from shelters funded by our federal government that are meant to provide a safe, warm bed for them? 

According to the president, it is. 

According to this paper, it absolutely is not.