New online guide aims to end LGBTQ youth homelessness
The National LGBTQ Task Force, in collaboration with the True Colors Fund, has launched a new resource for advocates working to support LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. The online resource “At the Intersections: A Collaborative Guide on LGBTQ Youth Homelessness,” written by 47 contributors, is a comprehensive guide for advocates, policy makers, service providers, and funders working to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth. The first-of-its-kind online publication highlights innovative approaches to supporting youth experiencing homelessness, provides case studies of replicable and successful models, as well as concrete solutions to ending LGBTQ youth homelessness.
According to the William Institute, up to 40 percent of young people experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ, although they represent less than 10 percent of the general youth population. There are many factors that contribute to LGBTQ youth homelessness, including family rejection, abuse, aging out of foster care, economic hardship, bullying and school harassment. LGBTQ youth also suffer higher rates of physical and sexual assault than heterosexual youth experiencing homelessness. Also, in order to survive, 28% of homeless LGBTQ youth report trading sex for basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter. Additionally, LGBTQ youth are twice as likely as non-LGBTQ youth to attempt suicide.
The new online resource also examines the relationship between racism and LGBTQ youth homelessness, the impact of immigration on LGBTQ young people, and the systemic barriers faced by transgender and gender non-conforming youth experiencing homelessness.
We encourage any organization that wants to take part assisting with this important cause to read and follow the advice in “At the Intersection” online guide. To learn more about the guide, and to read online, please visit: AtTheIntersections.org
by Daniel Chevez, National LGBTQ Task Force Media Relations Fellow