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LGBT Homeless Youth

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Victoria Johnson

on 2 May 2014

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LGBTQ+ Homeless Youth
Micro Intervention of the Issue
Let's Learn the Alphabet!
Aware of resources that effect population
GED, Inclusive spaces, health service
Creating Inclusive spaces
SAAFE Zone Training
Not in Our Town
Homeless shelters with LGBT inclusitvity/noninclusive
Gender neutral housing
Health Service
Training for medical professionals
Do the shelters bring in trained professionals
HIV/AIDS testing

by: Hilary Neff, Victoria Johnson, Kayla Marchant, Victoria Gray, and Margaret Scott
More Information about the LGBTQ+ Community:
Diversity Aspect
Coming out
Definition: is a temporary condition that people fall into when they cannot afford to pay for a place to live, or when their current home is unsafe or unstable.

of homeless youth
identify as LGBT.
In comparison, the general youth population is
only 10% LGBT.
Worthy Vs. Unworthy Poor
cis, heterosexual, women, children, "hard workers"
Challenges of LGBT+ Homeless Youth
Mental Health
physical/sexual abuse
Alcohol / substance abuse
needle exchange program (NEP)
Survival Sex
LGBT homeless youth commit suicide at higher rates (62%) than heterosexual homeless youth (29%)
Police Brutality
Shelter Policies
separate by sex
Educate Ourselves and Others About Challenges
14.4: The average age that lesbian and gay youth in New York become homeless.

13.5: The average age that transgender youth in New York become homeless.

62% of homeless LGBT homeless youth experience discrimination from their families

42% abuse alcohol

62% attempt suicide

86% reported verbal harassment at school

History of the Issue
Homeless History
1877 COS (Charity Organization Society)
rooted in Christianity
contributed to policies in current shelters
1929 Great Depression
Changed how we perceive homeless
More services
Queer Homeless Services:
Boys town: Chicago
Ali Forney Center: NYC

Macro & Federal Level Interventions
Runaway and Homeless Youth Inclusion Act of 2013
Representative More, Gwen {D-WI-4}
Introduced Aug. 1st 2013
Last action: Sept. 13th 2013 (referred to sub committee
FY 2014 Budget proposal:
115, 000,000 Grant programs
3,000,000 for prevalence/needs/characteristics
True Colors Fund:
Main Supporter Cindy Lauper
Only federal policy that does ANYTHING for homeless youth
Implications in Social Work Practice

Works Cited:
Brutality in Blue. (n.d.). <i>Amnesty International USA</i>. Retrieved April 22, 2014, from
Chatel, Amanda. (16 Occtober, 2013). 7 Companies That Don’t Support Gay Rights. Huffington Post.
Home Page. (n.d.). <i>National Gay and Lesbian Task Force</i>. Retrieved April 22, 2014, from
Gay and Transgender Youth Homelessness by the Numbers. (21 June, 2010). Center for American
Home - Safe Schools Coalition. (n.d.). Home - Safe Schools Coalition. Retrieved April 22, 2014, from
Forty to None Project. (n.d.). <i>Forty to None Project</i>. Retrieved May 1, 2014, from
Needle Exchange Program: History. (n.d.). <i>Needle Exchange Program: History</i>. Retrieved April 22,
2014, from http://www.baltimorehealth.org/needle-exchange-info.html
New Federal Legislation Introduced To Protect Homeless LGBT Youth. (n.d.). <i>ThinkProgress RSS</i>.
Retrieved May 2, 2014, from http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/08/02/2406561/lgbt-youth-homeless-bill/
Retrieved April 22, 2014, from http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA12-4104/SMA12-4104.pdf
Siciliano, C. (2012, October 9). Denied Shelter Beds, Many of NYC's Homeless Youth Turn to Prostitution.
<i>The Huffington Post</i>. Retrieved May 1, 2014, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carl-siciliano/denied-shelter-beds-many-of-nycs-homeless-youth-turn-to-prostitution_b_1949526.html

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