Reporting from San Francisco — —
An economic empowerment program for transgender people has been saved from extinction in last-minute budget negotiations.
The Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative has served as a model for a similar program in Los Angeles and inspired cities nationwide to create job fairs targeting the transgender community. More than half its funding was slated to be cut by San Francisco city officials struggling to plug a $483-million budget hole. But an outpouring of community support and impassioned political backing by San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty paid off.