laglcThe Los Angeles LGBT Center, with support from Citi Community Development, announces the expansion of its Transgender Economic Empowerment Project (TEEP), which empowers transgender individuals to secure jobs and become financially stable. With Citi’s support, the Los Angeles LGBT Center will provide approximately 150 members of the transgender community with robust financial capability training, employment counseling, and career development resources.

The program expansion will also include development of inclusive workplace trainings for employers, which covers essential topics such as legal protection of gender identity and expression, making the workplace an inclusive envirionment that is safer and more welcoming for transgender people, and providing culturally competent services to the transgender community.

In addition to financial capability and employment services, TEEP provides an array of support services to transgender clients, including one-on-one sessions with a client advocate and case manager; peer mentoring and goal setting; job referrals to transgender-friendly employers; and name and gender change and other legal assistance.

“This relationship with Citi will enable the Center to expand vital services for the transgender community, who experience unemployment at twice the national rate—and that rate increases to four times the national rate for trans people of color,” said Center CEO Lorri L. Jean. “Even in a relatively progressive city like Los Angeles, discrimination and violence against trans people is terrifyingly common. This must end, and we are proud to work with Citi to build a world where every member of the LGBT community can thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society.”

“Integrating financial capability training into career readiness programs enables individuals to build a more resilient financial future,” said James Alva, South California Market Manager, Citi Community Development. “We are pleased to collaborate with the Los Angeles LGBT Center to expand access to critical services that will boost long term economic success for transgender individuals.”

“Transgender people continue experience high rates of poverty because they are too often discriminated against by employers and are unable to find work,” said Center TEEP Program Manager Drian Juarez. “Advancing the economic stability of our community is not only the right thing to do, it is what we must do so that trans people advance in life.”

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