The city of San Francisco is launching a program called Guaranteed Income for Trans People (GIFT), which will give 55 low-income transgendered individuals $1,200 per month for 18 months. Already the city is giving $1,000 per month to Black and Pacific Islander pregnant women and to artists.
We could discuss the wisdom and prudence of this use of taxpayer money, but what strikes me is the list of qualifying gender identities that appears on the application form for these benefits. Applicants are asked to check off their gender identity from a list of 130 choices. They are also asked to check off their pronoun preferences from a list of 15 alternatives.