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LGBTQ Millennials face the hurdles Talia Jane outlined…and then some.
Talia Jane, a former call center representative for Yelp/Eat24, detailed her struggle to live off her low wage job in San Francisco in a viral open letter to the CEO of her company, Jeremy Stoppelman. In her letter, she discusses hunger, saying, “I haven’t bought groceries since I started this job. Not because I’m lazy, but because I got this ten pound bag of rice before I moved here and my meals at home (including the one I’m having as I write this) consist, by and large, of that.” She discusses her struggle to afford her rent, which is $1245 a month, and 80 percent of her income. She points out that her benefits, which include vision, dental, and health insurance, are hardly useful if she can’t afford the $20 co-pay for visits.
While Talia Jane doesn’t discuss her sexual orientation in the letter, many of her points are extra relevant to LGBTQ millennials. Here are five ways her letter goes double for us: