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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Quigley, Hill Introduce Resolution Condemning Secretary Carson's Transphobic History

Oct 1, 2019
Press Release

Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), a Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus and a founding Member of the Transgender Equality Task Force, and Katie Hill (CA-25), Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, introduced a resolution condemning House and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson for his recent transphobic comments. During a meeting with HUD staff in San Francisco, Carson repeated bigoted talking points about “big, hairy men” attempting to infiltrate women’s housing facilities and complained that society does not know the difference between men and women anymore. Over 30 members of the House of Representatives have co-sponsored the resolution, making it clear that House Democrats stand in opposition to LGBT discrimination and bigotry.

“Secretary Carson’s history of homophobia and transphobia go beyond simply being offensive. They are completely unacceptable for the federal official responsible for ensuring minority populations have access to safe, secure housing,” said Quigley. “At a minimum, he owes an apology to the staff he subjected to his bigoted remarks, to trans individuals around the country, and to the entire LGBT community. It is clearer than ever that Secretary Carson’s bigoted views make him unfit to lead HUD and the record must reflect that this Congress does not condone such intolerance.”

“I spent my entire career working in homelessness services where I saw over and over how disproportionately transgender individuals, particularly trans women, experience housing insecurity. 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. I am proud to join Representative Quigley in this resolution to condemn Secretary Carson’s history of transphobic comments and policies,” said Hill.

Carson’s offensive comments are the most recent in a history of dismissive, disrespectful speech about LGBT individuals stretching back through at least his failed presidential campaign. Additionally, as HUD Secretary, Carson has rolled back key protections against housing discrimination for LGBT individuals.

Earlier this year, during a hearing held by the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Quigley confronted Carson about his failure to protect homeless LGBT youth. Carson notably told the subcommittee that they “might not like” any nondiscrimination guidance issued by his department.

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