WASHINGTON — NBC News reported that U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley of Illinois and Katie Hill of California, introduced a resolution on Tuesday condemning the “transphobic history” of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Carson made comments at a staff meeting, saying he was worried about “big, hairy men” trying to get into women’s shelters.
From NBC News:
In a statement to NBC News, Quigley called Carson’s comments “completely unacceptable for the federal official responsible for ensuring minority populations have access to safe, secure housing.”
“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,” Quigley wrote. “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.”
Hill called Carson’s comments “hurtful” and “bigoted” and said they “do not represent the feelings of this Congress.”
“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,” Hill, one of several LGBTQ representatives in Congress elected in 2018’s “Rainbow Wave,” said in a statement.
The resolution also condemns anti-LGBTQ comments Carson made during his campaign for the GOP nomination in the 2016 presidential election, according to the network.