The City of San Francisco started a guaranteed income program for its transgender people in November, sparking suspicions that the state of California may create a statewide stimulus check for all LGBTQ individuals.
San Francisco officials introduced the "Guaranteed Income for Transgender People (G.I.F.T)" initiative last month, which sought to deliver monthly relief checks of $1,200 to at least 55 "economically challenged transgender people" earning less than $600 per month for a year and a half. Fox News reported the scheme would also deliver payments to participants who earn up to $4,000 per month.
It was rumored that California will consider introducing a similar pilot program for LGBTQ citizens in response to San Francisco's plan.
According to the website of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), the program targets California citizens who "aged out of the extended foster care program at or after 21 years of age or who are pregnant"
Nevertheless, several localities in California are developing their own trial programs for LGBTQ community members.
As previously stated, there is a guaranteed income program in San Francisco that prioritizes certain groups, such as transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and intersex people who are also Black, indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC), experiencing homelessness, living with disabilities and chronic illnesses, youth and elders, monolingual Spanish-speakers, and those who are legally vulnerable such as TGI people who are undocumented, engaging in survival sex trajectories.
In Palm Springs, legislators are also investigating a second trial program. The city has already committed $200,000 for the development of a pilot scheme to provide transgender and nonbinary citizens with a guaranteed income.
However, Palm Springs's initiative is currently in the development phases. As of March, it was being suggested that 20 persons who identify as transgender or nonbinary may get monthly payments of $600 to $900.
"This is a chance to help individuals receive money that we can think of as a subsidy - to subsidize the gap in income that the trans and nonbinary community faces due to having some of the highest levels of unemployment in this country," Queer Works Chief executive Jacob Rostovsky stated in a meeting with city council members in March.
The council, as of press time, has yet to allocate any money to send to its transgender residents.