"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."
About the Los Angeles LGBT Center
Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center's nearly 600 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people can be healthy, equal and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.
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SOURCE Los Angeles LGBT Center