L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s
Transgender Economic Empowerment Project
The City of West Hollywood is proud to be a funder of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project (TEEP).
Finding employment has been challenging for many in recent years, but for members of our transgender community, that path has been even more difficult. The City of West Hollywood and TEEP are here to help. If you are struggling to find work, or lost a job because you are transgender or are transitioning, the Transgender Economic Empowerment Project is there for you.
“The City of West Hollywood is not only a safe and welcoming home for the transgender community; it is also a place where trans people can thrive,” said Drian Juarez, the TEEP project manager. “West Hollywood is invested in the success of transgender people by funding the only transgender employment program in all of Los Angeles and one of two programs nationally. Without this support, trans people would not have access to the kinds of culturally competent services that are helping them gain economic stability and empowerment.”
TEEP staffers offer compassionate and understanding support to clients as they seek job training and career opportunities. In addition, they offer resources and referrals to transgender-friendly employers, education for co-workers/Human Resources representatives if you are transitioning on the job and support to help you obtain a job and thrive in your workplace. As part of The Center’s Legal Services department, TEEP can also easily provide assistance with legal name and gender marker changes.
Building relationships with business leaders, employers and placement agencies has been one of the keys to the success of the project. Working with organizations ranging from the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Dress for Success and Work Source, where there is a dedicated case manager for the transgender community thanks in part to the work of The Center’s TEEP staff.
Because each person’s needs are unique, the TEEP staff will conduct a one-on-one needs assessment to determine how they can best help. West Hollywood transgender community members who would like to schedule an assessment should call Mariana Marroquin at (323) 860-3714 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Hollywood businesses and organizations interested in offering the “Gender Identity 101” training to their staff or members should contact Drian Juarez at (323) 860-3713 or via e-mail at email@example.com. Business owners and non-profit managers are also encouraged to send their job announcements to the TEEP staff.
Photo credit: Manny Sanchez/LA Gay & Lesbian Center