Pride Month is a time of celebration and recognition of the work that has been done to improve the lives of LGBTQIA Americans and the advances in equal rights that have taken place over the past 30 years. However, it’s also a time to look forward and think about everything we still have to work on.

One big issue facing too many LGBTQIA Americans is poverty. A report from UCLA’s Williams Institute found that 22% of LGBT people in the US live in poverty compared to 16% of cisgender straight people. The numbers are even worse for transgender people: 29% of transgender and bisexual cisgender women live in poverty.

It’s clear that LGBTQIA people still face significant issues when it comes to income equality and more often find themselves in poverty than their straight counterparts.

And, while there is so much work to be done, there are resources to combat poverty.

If you made under $57,000 during the tax year, you are likely eligible for free tax preparation services. In many areas, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) provides free tax preparation throughout the tax season. And, if you made under $30,000, you are likely eligible for the CalEITC (California Earned Income Tax Credit). If you have children, you may also be eligible for the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC).

Want to find out more? Calculate your eligibility at

You may also qualify for even more help including CalFresh and health coverage. Find out more about these benefits at