New proposed rules from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) put countless victims and survivors at risk by allowing healthcare providers to deny critical medical care to transgender people and permitting homeless shelters to refuse to house them. This includes vulnerable transgender victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Transgender people experience domestic violence and sexual assault at much higher rates than cisgender people. Fifty-four percent of transgender people experience domestic violence, and 47% experience sexual assault. Moreover, nearly one-third of transgender people experience homelessness. Survivors of domestic violence often need both emergency and ongoing care, and they need a place to live after leaving an abusive partner. Denying them access to these most basic of human needs puts them at greater risk of further violence, chronic health conditions and even death.
THIS IS NOT OKAY! All survivors, and all people, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. NCADV stands with transgender survivors as well as the larger transgender community and rejects these discriminatory rules.