There are approximately 1.6 million to 2.8 million homeless young people in the United States, and estimates suggest that disproportionate numbers of those youth are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, as much as 40%. These vulnerable gay and transgender youth often either run away from home or are kicked out of their home because of family conflict. They then face overt discrimination when seeking alternative housing, which is compounded by institutionalized discrimination in many federally funded programs.
LGBT persons often have great difficulty finding shelters that accept and respect them. Transgender people are often forced to classify themselves as a gender with which they do not identify. These individuals are particularly at physical risk in shelters. This risk comes from a lack of acceptance. Example: Transgender women (born with male genitalia but identify and live as women) are forced to take shelter with heterosexual men are frequently subjected to verbal, physical, and sexual abuse. Transgender individuals are often turned away from shelters and in some cases signs have been posted barring their entrance.
TODAY's TOPIC: Homeless youth that identify as LGBTQ are often at heightened risk of violence, abuse, and exploitation than their heterosexual peers.
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Seeking Shelter: The Experiences and Unmet needs of LGBT Homeless Youth
November 4, 2013
Working with LGBT Homeless Youth
Novermber 5, 2013
Feels like Home: Helping Homeless LGBT Youth (Video)
November 6, 2013
Homeless LGBT Youth: A Day in Our Shoes (Video)
November 7, 2013
LGBT Homeless Youth
November 8, 2013
Responding to the Needs of LGBT Homeless Youth
Novermber 11, 2013
Happy Veterans Day!
November 12, 2013
How we can help LGBT Homeless youth
Novermber 13, 2013
STUDY: 40% of Homeless youth are LGBT
November 14, 2013
LGBT Youth Homelessness - a Quick Look
November 15, 2013
November 18, 2013
Homeless LGBT Youth Describe Rejection By Their Families (Videos)
November 19, 2013
Why Homelessness is a Major LGBT Issue
November 20, 2013
Homeless LGBT Youth: Any Given Tuesday
November 21, 2013
A Guide for Making Shelters Safe for Transgender people
November 22, 2013
National Best Practices for Working with LGBT Homeless Youth
November 25, 2013
Gay and Transgender Homelessness: By the Numbers
November 26, 2013
LGBT Homelessness Fact Sheet
November 27, 2013
Homeless youth that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or questioning (LGBTQ) are often at heightened risk of violence, abuse, and exploitation than their heterosexual peers.
November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving Day!
November 29, 2013
Representatives Propose Homeless Youth Act with LGBT Protections