Ben Carson explodes & # 39; blatant wrong characterizations & # 39; of his & # 39; transphobic & # 39; comments on & # 39; large, hairy men & # 39;
Minister of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson defended himself against allegations that he was transphobic after reports emerged from comments he made at a meeting earlier this week.
Carson threw "blatant wrong characterizations" of his comments in which he expressed concern about & # 39; big, hairy men & # 39; who wanted to use women's bathrooms.
While Carson acknowledged the comment, he said it was taken out of context.
& # 39; During a recent meeting with the local staff in San Francisco, I referred to the fact that I had heard from many women's groups about the problems they had with women's asylum because men sometimes claimed to be women & # 39 ;, Carson wrote in a internal email obtained by POLITICS.
& # 39; This caused many of the women to feel unsafe, and one of the groups described a situation where & # 39; large hairy men & # 39; would come in and be included in women's shelter, although it made the women in the facility very uncomfortable.
"My point was that we must allow policies that take into account the rights of everyone, including those women."
The Trump government has reversed protection for LGBTQ Americans.
Minister of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson acknowledged making comments about & # 39; big, hairy men & # 39; who try to infiltrate women's homeless shelter, although he says they have been taken out of context
When he became president in 2015, Carson called transgender people "abnormal" and said they have no place in the army
Last month the administration submitted an amicus letter to the Supreme Court and urged her to legalize someone because of his sexual orientation.
The promotion of the rights of transgender people in public spaces has largely been opposed by conservatives.
& # 39; Our society is in danger when we choose one issue (such as gender identity) and say it doesn't matter how it affects others, because this one issue should replace all other common sense considerations, & # 39; Carson wrote Friday, adding, "We must always be vigilant not to override the common sense of our fellow Americans." & # 39;
The comments were confirmed by three different sources present during Carson's visit to the HUD office in San Francisco on Tuesday, with each telling The Washington Post that they interpreted the message as an attack on transgender women.
Carson apparently also blamed that society no longer seems capable of distinguishing between men and women, two staff members said.
LGBTQ activists and their supporters gather to support transgender people on the steps of New York City Hall in October 2018
The comments allegedly baffled and upset many of the 50 HUD employees at the meeting, one of whom protested.
An employee who took notes during the meeting reminded Carson that he said, "Transgender people should get the same rights as everyone else, but they can't change things for everyone."
He allegedly followed the remark by saying that shelter operators and women's groups told him that homeless women would get traumatized when "big, hairy men" enter shelters that identify themselves as women.
He then apparently added that he believes shelters for one gender should be able to reject transgender people.
"That was the first time any of us had heard such a derogatory language," an employee told the newspaper. "He is more tactful when he talks to Congress, while to me this seemed like a wage."
A woman is said to have received a huge applause from her colleagues when she got up to refute Carson's outbursts.
"It was quite demoralizing and deadly for many of us who work here and serve everyone," an employee told the Post.
"Many of us have questioned the department's reasoning about its proposal to abolish the rule for equal access. For him to come to San Francisco and say this, it was incredible. People were just shocked. The woman asked him to reconsider his comments, for which he thanked her, and then went on. & # 39;
The former neurosurgeon has a well-documented public history of making negative or offensive remarks about the transgender community.
When he became president in 2015, he referred to transgender people as "abnormal" and said they have no place in the army.
During his time as a HUD secretary, Carson renounced the protection that the Obama administration established for transgender people and regretted that he believed in equal rights, not in & # 39; special rights & # 39 ;.
In May, the Carson department introduced a proposal that would allow government-funded homeless shelter for certain individuals to be denied access to religious persons or to force transgender women to share bathrooms and bedrooms with men.
Gillian Branstetter, spokeswoman for the National Center for Transgender Equality, warned Carson of his alleged comments and called them & # 39; seriously offensive & # 39;
Carson said publicly that he had no plans to eliminate the 2012 Equal Access Rule, which prevents such measures, and has often stated even during conference hearings that he has a responsibility to ensure that everyone becomes fair treated & # 39 ;.
But out of sight of the public and during internal meetings, government officials say Carson has repeatedly mocked the transgender community.
"His general tone is contemptuous and a joke about these people," an official told the Post on the grounds of anonymity. "It's disrespectful to the people we're trying to serve."
DailyMail.com has contacted the HUD for comments, but has not heard anything at the time of publication.
In a statement to the Post, a non-meeting HUD official denied the claims and emphasized: "The secretary does not use a different language to refer to transgender people. Every report to the contrary is incorrect. & # 39;
Speaking anonymously, the source said he believed Carson was referring to men posing as women to gain access to the hiding places of battered women, rather than focusing on transgender women.
Gillian Branstetter, spokeswoman for the National Center for Transgender Equality, warned Carson of his alleged comments and called them & # 39; seriously offensive & # 39 ;.
In response to the stunning allegations, Rep. Jennifer Wexton issued a destructive statement calling for Carson's resignation
& # 39; It is seriously insulting to use the specter of violence from cis-men to limit the rights of transgender people who are usually victims of that violence & # 39 ;, she said. "It is a mythical view that policies that include transgender people are somehow a threat."
"It is frankly despicable that such a harmful idea would be used by someone charged with facilitating programs that are meant to help those in need, many of whom are transgender," added Branstetter to it.
In response to the stunning allegations, Rep. Jennifer Wexton issued a destructive statement calling for Carson's resignation.
"Secretary Carson's comments are disgusting," Wexton saw.
"These comments only confirm that his recent efforts to erase the Equal Access Rule are rooted in ignorance, not in sound policies. By allowing shelters to discriminate against transgender Americans, the Secretary endangers lives. & # 39;
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