The fourth largest city in California — San Francisco — has announced it will begin offering $1,200 per month in welfare cash to low-income residents — but only if they identify as transgender.
The Guaranteed Income For Trans People (GIFT) program will allow transgender individuals to collect the payments for up to 18 months, according to San Fran news outlet KRON 4.
“Our Guaranteed Income Programs allow us to help our residents when they need it most as part of our city’s economic recovery and our commitment to creating a more just city for all,” Mayor London Breed told the outlet. “We know that our trans communities experience much higher rates of poverty and discrimination, so this program will target support to lift individuals in this community up.”
The Mayor touted the program on Thursday, adding that qualified recipients will also be eligible for free medical care, including free “gender affirming care.”
The city will be accepting applications until Dec. 15 for program enrollment.
San Francisco resident Thomas Flanagan questioned the mayor’s priorities when he discovered the GIFT program.
“Photogs are getting mugged in broad daylight at the Palace of Fine Arts, dozens of pharmacies have closed due to rampant theft and this is what the Mayor prioritizes,” he said. “Just the continued clowning of the city”