Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has been labeled “unfit” to serve by LBGT advocacy group GLAAD after he claimed that transgender people in homeless shelters can make others uncomfortable.
Testifying Tuesday before a House subcommittee, Mr. Carson was asked by Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley to address the removal of HUD training materials meant to protect LGBT people from discrimination in homeless shelters.
“We obviously believe in equal rights for everybody, including the LGBT community,” Mr. Carson responded. “But we also believe in equal rights for the women in the shelters, and shelters where there are men, and their equal rights. So, we want to look at things that really provide for everybody and doesn’t impede the rights of one for the sake of the other.
“It’s a complex issue and it’s been on our agenda,” he added. “We’ve talked about it quite a bit since we’ve finally gotten a general counsel.”
When asked by Mr. Quigley how protecting the rights of transgender homeless people would potentially affect the rights of others, Mr. Carson replied, “I’ll give you an example: There are some women who said they were not comfortable with the idea of being in a shelter, being in a shower, and somebody who had a very different anatomy.”
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