The Department of Housing and Urban Development has been finalizing its rules for the treatment of transgender people in shelters and the new regulations are scheduled to be released in September.
The new regulations are expected to require homeless shelters that receive federal support to treat transgender people as members of the gender with which they identify.
Transgender women are women regardless of whether they were born male.
If you’re a transgender woman and you walk into a homeless shelter and they treat you like a man, it’s traumatizing. These people are already vulnerable, they’re homeless, they don’t have a job. To face discrimination the entire time they’re there is a real problem.
--David Stacy, Human Rights Campaign