For Defending Discrimination of Homeless Transgender People, Ben Carson's Fearmongering Called 'Deeply Alarming'

LGBTQ rights groups slammed Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson on Wednesday for resorting to “fearmongering” tactics to defend the removal of anti-discrimination materials regarding transgender people from his agency’s website.

In a House subcommittee hearing this week, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) asked Carson why information meant to prevent mistreatment of transgender Americans in homeless shelters was removed from HUD’s website last summer.

“Over nine months later, these valuable resources are still missing from the website,” said Quigley.

Carson suggested that HUD, under President Donald Trump, has reconsidered welcoming transgender people into the nation’s homeless shelters because their presence can make other residents “uncomfortable.”

“We obviously believe in equal rights for everybody, including the LGBT community,” said Carson. “But we also believe in equal rights for the women in the shelters, and shelters where there are men, and their equal rights…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.”

In a tweet about the incident, GLAAD denounced the excuse as anti-transgender fearmongering.