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San Francisco’s Transgender Guaranteed Income Program Is In “Blatant Violation” of Constitution, Says Conservative Group

A conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, has initiated legal action against San Francisco over its guaranteed income program specifically tailored for transgender individuals, raising concerns about constitutional violations and discrimination.

Lawsuit Filed in San Francisco Superior Court

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The nonprofit organization Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court this week, representing city taxpayers Michael Phillips, Paul Wildes, and Reed Sandberg.

The Accused

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The lawsuit targets Mayor London Breed, Treasurer José Cisneros, City Administrator Carmen Chu, and the executive director of the city’s Office of Transgender Initiatives.

Challenging the Guaranteed Income for Trans People Program

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San Francisco’s Guaranteed Income for Trans People Program (GIFT) offers financial assistance to 55 low-income transgender individuals, providing them with $1,200 per month for up to 18 months.

Equal Protection Clause Violated

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However, Judicial Watch argues that the program violates the equal protection clause of the California Constitution.

Transgender Extremists

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“The transgender extremists running San Francisco are illegally using taxpayer money to hand out free cash to transgender individuals based on race and sex in blatant violation of the state’s constitution,” said Tom Fitton, the group’s president, in a statement.

Judicial Watch’s Legal Track Record

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Judicial Watch has a history of challenging diversity initiatives in court. In 2022, the group successfully challenged a California law mandating diversity on corporate boards, deeming it unconstitutional.

Fight Against Quotas

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A federal court ruling in 2023 supported Judicial Watch’s stance that a law violated the Constitution by mandating quotas.

Allegations of Discrimination

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In a press release announcing the lawsuit, Judicial Watch accused the GIFT program of favoring “biological Black and Latino men who identify as women” in the distribution of taxpayer funds.

Tom Fitton, the group’s president, condemned the program as an illegal use of taxpayer money.

City’s Response and Review Process

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Jen Kwart, a city attorney spokesperson, told reporters that the city would review the lawsuit upon being served and respond accordingly in court.

Community Partnerships and Program Intentions

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San Francisco officials collaborated with Lyon-Martin Community Health Services and the city’s Transgender District to establish the GIFT program.

A Reparative Process

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Lyon-Martin’s Executive Director, JM Jaffe, described the initiative as “the beginning of a reparative process to change the inequities experienced by our communities.”

Legal Battle Ahead

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As the lawsuit unfolds, San Francisco’s commitment to supporting its transgender residents through financial assistance programs faces legal scrutiny.

The outcome of the case will likely have implications for similar initiatives nationwide as debates over equity, constitutional rights, and public funding continue.

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