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TG job, health efforts get funding

It's no secret that the transgender population alone makes significantly less money than the LGBT community at large, and that employment discrimination – even in liberal areas like San Francisco – continues to occur in overt as well as more nuanced ways. A recent survey conducted by the Transgender Law Center in conjunction with the San Francisco Bay Guardian showed that 59 percent of transgender respondents made less than $15,299 annually, with only 8 percent earning above $45,000 annually. For many transgender people, according to TLC director Chris Daley, it's not just a matter of being unemployed, but underemployed despite being qualified for a range of positions. Others simply are not reached by most employment recruitment strategies or job training programs.

Hoping to improve the possibilities of the transgender community, the budget committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Thursday, June 29, approved $300,000 in the 2006 budget toward the "Comprehensive Transgender Employment Initiative," an effort geared toward transgender economic empowerment.

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