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House Democrats File Resolution To Condemn HUD Secretary Ben Carson For Transphobic Comments

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and former neurosurgeon Doctor Ben Carson landed in hot water last week for alleged transphobic comments he made in a closed-door meeting with HUD employees.

Fox News’s Tucker Carlson Tonight. Video credit: Washington Post

Dr. Carson confirmed the allegations on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, defending his statements that homeless shelters that receive federal funding should turn away transgender people. Carson said that society can no longer differentiate between men and women, and that he had received reports about women’s shelters accepting “big, hairy men” without questioning their gender. He further said no one group deserved “extra” rights.

House Democrats introduced a new measure to condemn Dr. Carson’s remarks; representatives Katie Hill (D-CA) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) introduced the resolution. Hill, co-chair of the House of LGBTQ Equality Caucus, said in a statement, “Secretary Carson’s comments were hurtful, bigoted, and do not represent the feelings of this Congress, which has a historically large and diverse LGBT Equality Caucus, or the American people.”

Take a look at Ben Carson’s history of anti-LGBT actions, gathered by GLAAD.

HUD updated changes to their website where it states that the department will look at the “religious beliefs” of shelters and organizations accused of discrimination, a message LGBTQ activists took to be a religious exemption to department rules banning discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

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