From The Bay Area Reporter: San Francisco officials are looking to fund a new program that would train transgender individuals to work in the restaurant industry. The city's Office of Economic and Workforce Development recently issued a request for proposals from interested groups to oversee the occupational training program. It is meant to focus, in particular, on transgender women of color. The office's Workforce Development Division anticipates the contract will total between $130,000 and $160,000. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 26, and it is expected that the contract will be finalized by June. Katherine Daniel, the acting director of the division, told the B.A.R. she believes it is the first time that the city agency has set aside funding for a program that specifically targets the transgender community. For years now the office has funded more broadly focused job training and workforce development programs offered by the LGBT Community Center. The restaurant job training program for transgender people was inspired by plans to open a cafe owned and operated by the transgender community within the boundaries of the Compton's Transgender Cultural District in a section of the Tenderloin. The city is working with community activists to establish the district, which takes its name from the Gene Compton's Cafeteria that had operated at 101 Taylor Street and was the site of a protest by transgender patrons and others in August 1966. For more information on the RFP, visit http://www.oewd.org/bid-opportunities .
Reported by Michael S. Bajko for The Bay Area Reporter.