San Francisco’s Guarantees Income for ‘Trans People’

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said the documents confirm San Francisco is abusing tax dollars. (Image by Midjourney)

In a recent revelation, Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, announced that it had obtained 1,719 pages of records from the City of San Francisco concerning allocating funds within the “Guaranteed Income for Trans People” (GIFT) program.

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The records reveal that the city has prioritized tax money for black and Latino transgender individuals, specifically transgender women, in a program that distributes free money to transgender individuals.

This has raised questions about the legality and constitutionality of such a program.

The documents obtained by Judicial Watch show that the GIFT program not only allowed illegal aliens to apply but also permitted individuals engaged in “survival sex trades” to apply.

 Furthermore, the records indicate that the funds distributed to program participants are virtually unrestricted.

The watchdog group obtained these documents through a California Public Records Act (CPRA) request made on November 18, 2022, to the San Francisco Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector.

The GIFT program, announced by San Francisco Mayor London Breed on November 16, 2022, aimed to provide low-income transgender individuals with $1,200 monthly for up to 18 months to address financial insecurity within the transgender community.

The program officially started disbursing funds in January 2023.

One document from the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, titled “Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development Pre-paid Card Policies and Procedures,” outlined that the program would focus on extremely low-income transgender individuals, with a specific emphasis on black and Latinx transgender women.

It also stated that pre-paid cards were being utilized because some participants might not have bank accounts.

Additionally, the documents revealed that the program had set racial and sexual identity quotas.

A March 2022 city document detailed that the program would prioritize enrollment and retention of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People of Color) transgender and non-binary individuals engaged in survival sex trades, individuals with disabilities, elders, those living with HIV/AIDS, undocumented individuals, monolingual Spanish speakers, formerly incarcerated individuals, and unhoused or marginally housed individuals.

It specified that the program aimed to ensure 66% of participants were BIPOC, with at least 30% being Black Trans Women and at least 20% being Latinx Trans Women.

Lyon-Martin Health Services, a community health center, was designated to provide services to program enrollees, including gender-affirming medical care, mental health services, financial literacy training, and workforce development services.

The controversy surrounding the program extended to concerns about using legal names versus chosen names for participants, particularly for transgender individuals who may have changed their names.

An email chain between the San Francisco government and Treasurer & Tax Collector’s Office officials discussed the challenges of requiring participants to use their legal names on pre-paid cards.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton commented on the documents: “These disturbing new documents confirm how, among other leftist extremist policies, San Francisco is abusing tax dollars to give cash to individuals based on race and transgender quotas.”

The revelations have ignited a debate about the allocation of public funds and the legality of such programs.

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