Data at forefront of congressional hearing on anti-LGBTQ bias in housing, credit

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: HRC President Alphonso David speaks at the House Financial Services Committee hearing Oct. 29. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

As LGBT rights advocates continue to press the Equality Act to ban anti-LGBT discrimination, data was at the forefront of a congressional hearing Tuesday as evidence that anti-LGBT discrimination in housing and credit continues to exist.

Among the key statistics that emerged in testimony before the House Financial Services Committee: About half of LGBT adults own their homes compared to 70 percent of the non-LGBT adult population; LGBT adults are twice as likely as non-LGBT people to report having been prevented by a landlord or owner from moving into a home; and same-sex couples experience about three to eight percent lower approval rates in acquiring a loan than different-sex couples.

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Rep. Katie Hill resigns amid ‘revenge porn’ posts, investigation of relationship

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Rep. Katie Hill addresses supporters in March. Photo via Hill’s Facebook page.

Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.), the only out bisexual in the U.S. House, is set to resign her seat amid a growing scandal that includes “revenge porn” of nude images of her posted online and an admission to having an “inappropriate” relationship with a campaign staffer.

Hill made the announcement Sunday night on her Twitter account, where she posted a formal letter dated Oct. 27 to member of Congress.

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House resolution condemns Ben Carson as transphobic

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A new resolution introduced by a pair of House Democrats — Reps. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Katie Hill (D-Calif.) — denounces Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Ben Carson as transphobic and decries his policies as anti-LGBT.

Quigley and Hill introduced the resolution Tuesday in the aftermath of a Washington Post report last month Carson at a San Francisco shelter made comments about “big, hairy men” seeking to enter women’s homeless shelters. Those who were heard the remarks reportedly thought they were transphobic.

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Carson remarks on men infiltrating women’s shelters rebuked as anti-trans

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Ben Carson is facing criticism for remarks about “big, hairy men” in women’s homeless shelters perceived as attack on transgender people.

The Washington Post reported late Thursday Carson made the comments earlier when visiting HUD’s San Francisco office, where he expressed concern about “big, hairy men” trying to infiltrate women’s homeless shelters.

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Rep. Pressley seeks answers from HUD on anti-trans rule for homeless shelters

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) is leading a quartet of House Democrats in seeking answers from the Department of Housing & Urban Development over a proposed rollback in transgender non-discrimination protections at homeless shelters.

In a June 3 letter to Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Ben Carson, Pressley and the lawmakers denounce the proposed rule from HUD, which critics say will enable federally funded homeless shelters to turn away transgender people.

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Wexton seeks to block HUD from gutting trans protections at homeless shelters

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In short order after the Trump administration announced a proposal to gut transgender non-discrimination protections at homeless shelters, Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) has introduced legislation to block the change from going into effect.

The two-page bill from Wexton, which was introduced on Thursday, has a simple paragraph in the text portion of the legislation.

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HUD proposes rule change to gut trans protections at homeless shelters

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In an abrupt reversal after assurances that non-discrimination policies at Department of Housing & Urban Development would remain in place, the Trump administration is proposing a rule change to gut protections for transgender people seeking to stay at federally funded homeless shelters.

In a notice published Wednesday by the White House Office of Management & Budget, the administration proposes a rule in which shelter providers with sex-segregated facilities — such as bathrooms or shared sleeping quarters — “may establish a policy” consistent with state and local laws in which operators consider a range of factors when determining where to place individuals looking to stay, including “religious beliefs.”

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Carson: HUD won’t issue LGBT guidance because ‘you would dislike’ it

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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More than two years after the Trump administration withdrew federal guidance on rules barring anti-LGBT discrimination in homeless shelters, Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Ben Carson said April 2 his department won’t reissue the documents because LGBT rights supporters “would probably dislike” what it says.

Carson made the remarks April 2 before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Housing under questioning from Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.).

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Carson admits to slow-walking trans guidance for homeless shelters

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Ben Carson conceded during a congressional hearing Tuesday to having slow-walked the reissuing of guidance on transgender people seeking admittance to homeless shelters.

In response to questions from Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), Carson said he’s proceeded slowly because HUD has only recently had a general counsel and the issue of allowing transgender people in the shelters is “complex,” citing concerns by women whom he said don’t want to use bathroom facilities with “somebody who had a very different anatomy.”

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Trump tweets ‘never forget’ on one year mark of Pulse shooting

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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On the one-year mark of the Pulse massacre, President Trump tweeted on Monday an image of the 49 individuals killed at the gay nightclub, urging his followers to “never forget” the victims.

“We will NEVER FORGET the victims who lost their lives one year ago today in the horrific #PulseNightClub shooting,” Trump tweeted.

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Carson defends HIV housing cuts: ‘The pie is only so big’

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Ben Carson defended on Thursday proposed cuts to housing programs for low-income people with HIV, making the case “the pie is only so big” for federal government support.

Carson made the remarks during a House appropriations subcommittee hearing under questioning from Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), who queried the secretary on the 7 percent cut in President Trump’s proposed budget to the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.

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Surprise! Ben Carson hops the bathroom bigot bandwagon

By : Billy Manes
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(Photo via Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters)

Everybody’s favorite Republican mistake of 2015 so far – and we’re including Donald Trump, here (while pouring acid onto our keyboards) – Ben Carson has already made it clear that he knows nothing about anything of substance, but he certainly has a lot to say about the wind drifting between his ears and eventually puffing in a softened manner out of his meditative mouth. Carson’s already taken severe flack for his affiliation/non-affiliation with a snake-oil supplement from Mannatech that was (not) proven to cure cancer (it’s that easy!). He’s also gone all Biblical by rebuking the accepted knowledge of the purpose of the Egyptian pyramids, which he suggests were utilitarian grain silos built by Joseph and not tombs for the pharoahs (it’s like meta-fiction!). Now, on the heels of the Houston nightmare ordinance-refusal that flew in our faces this week, a move which, among other things, says that transgender Texans cannot have bathroom passes to the places where they ought to be able to relieve their most basic of needs, Carson’s leaking gibberish again. Guess what! Ben Carson doesn’t like LGBT people.

Today, the Human Rights Campaign released its response to Carson’s latest missive on  toilet politics, a position which is likely boiling the roaches up from the conservative bases to push Carson to the top of the polling heap. How is this happening? Don’t ask us. Here’s the latest as released in an email from HRC. Read, weep.

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