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West Hollywood Says 'Straights Don't Apply' For Guaranteed Income Pilot Project

Journalist

'Guaranteed Income' has been discussed a lot recently. From Andrew Yang in his Presidential campaign, to Pandemic relief payments, many are starting to realize that a minimum income provided by the government helps reduce poverty, crime, and boost local economies. The City of West Hollywood is partnering with nonprofit partner, National Council of Jewish Women/LA to provide a basic income to the most marginalized of the city's residents. The program makes clear that, to be eligible, the applicant must (among other things) "Identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex or Asexual (LGBTQIA)," as well as be poor and 50 or older. The city argues that LGBTQIA individuals face challenges such as housing and job discrimination that the straight, cisgender community does not face.