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The National Catholic Bioethics Center
Commentary on Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 4:00:00 PM
© 2017 by The National Catholic Bioethics Center


Commentary on Gender Identity in
Community Planning and Development Programs




February 9, 2016


The National Catholic Bioethics Center has joined nine other organizations in filing public comment concerning the proposal by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Equal Access in Accordance with an Individual’s Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs.  The proposed regulations would forbid discrimination on the basis of “gender identity.” 80 Fed. Reg. at 72648-49 [§ 5.106]. The regulations define the term “gender identity” as “the gender with which a person identifies, regardless of the sex assigned to that person at birth.” Id. at 72648 [§ 5.100].  The proposal would mandate that a man who asserts that he is a woman may not be refused access to shared women’s sleeping quarters and bathing areas. Similarly, a woman who asserts that she is a man may not be refused access to shared men’s sleeping quarters and bathing areas. These organizations are expressing concern for the privacy needs and sense of perceived security by persons whom they serve, be it in shelters or the variety of housing services in which vulnerable populations are served by Catholic Charities and others, if these regulations are promulgated. To read the NCBC's full commentary on this issue, click
  HERE.