Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said he’s concerned about “big hairy men” infiltrating women’s homeless shelters.
Three people who were in the meeting in San Francisco interpreted his comments as being an attack on transgender women, according to the Washington Post. Many other people were visibly shocked by his comments. The agency introduced a policy in May that would allow federally funded shelters to force transgender women to share sleeping quarters and bathrooms with men because Carson wants everyone to be “treated fairly.”
"His overall tone is dismissive and joking about these people," an official at the meeting told the Post. "It's disrespectful of the people we are trying to serve."
One of Carson’s top officials denied he made derogotory comments about transgender people, the Washington Post reported.