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October 20, 2011

California Runaway and Homeless Youth Month November 2011

October 12, 2011

Ending Wage Garnishment for Homeless Youth

July 20, 2011

Assembly Select Committee Holds Hearing on Homeless Youth

May 31, 2011

Assembly Bill Addresses the Issue of Wage Garnishment for Homeless Youth

May 23, 2011

New Web Series Featuring Homeless Youth

May 9, 2011

LGBTQ Homeless Youth Round-Up

May 4, 2011

Blog for the Homeless Youth Project

April 14, 2011

Three-Part Series on Youth Homelessness

April 4, 2011

Transgender Youth in Group Care Settings: New report tells service providers what they need to know

March 23, 2011

Regulating Emergency Youth Shelters

March 7, 2011

New Short Report on LGBTQ Homeless Youth from the HYP

February 22, 2011

Challenging Stereotypes of Homeless Youth in the Media

February 7, 2011

UPDATE: Summary of Programs Serving California’s Homeless Youth is Now Available

January 25, 2011

A Policy Agenda to Address California’s Homeless Youth

January 18, 2011

How do the demographics of California’s homeless youth population compare to the rest of the nation?

January 4, 2011

Internet Use in the Homeless Youth Community

December 27, 2010

Get Involved with Sacramento’s Homeless Count

December 13, 2010

New Data on Homeless Youth in Hollywood, California

December 6, 2010

Vulnerable Youth Given Greater Access to Mental Health Treatment

November 29, 2010

Slipping Through the Cracks – Invisible Homeless Youth in San Jose

November 22, 2010

New State Funding for Homeless Youth Housing

November 15, 2010

Sleeping on the Bus - and Other Stories from a Formerly Homeless Youth

November 9, 2010

Counting Homeless Youth

November 1, 2010

One Youth’s Reflection on Aging-Out of Foster Care

HYP Blog - Voices from the Street

LGBTQ Homeless Youth Round-Up

In March, the CA Homeless Youth Project published an issue brief on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) homeless youth in California. Today we take a look at what’s being done in other states and on the national level to address this problem.

The US Department of Health and Human Services recently recommended actions to improve the health and well-being of LGBTQ communities. They acknowledged the disproportionate numbers of LGBTQ individuals in the homeless youth community and stated that efforts are under way to improve data collection on this population. All agencies working with runaway and homeless youth are now required to be equipped to serve LGBTQ youth, and those serving this population can apply for federal funds to continue and/or expand their efforts. 

To illustrate the urgent need for these services, we turn to the story of a teenager in Connecticut who was kicked out of his home on Easter morning after coming out to his family. He’s an 18-year-old honor student graduating high school this spring and hoping to head to college in the fall. All of that could be in jeopardy as he finds himself without a home or a support system once his family decided to reject him on the basis of his sexual orientation. True Colors, an agency in Hartford serving LGBTQ homeless youth, sends numerous emails out to their contacts throughout the year, in hopes to find these children and teens a safe and loving home. 

These children are all of our children, and while the onus to address this problem should not lie solely on the backs of the LGBTQ community, the lack of attention given to this issue has caused controversy among advocates. A group of individuals met last week in New York to discuss what is being done to highlight this problem and get these youth off the streets. Some argued that the issue of marriage equality should not be the LGBTQ community’s highest priority and that it doesn’t address the most vulnerable segments of this population. Others argue that achieving full equality under the law will help prevent other social problems facing this community and promotes visibility of all LGBTQ issues. For more information, see Advocates for LGBT Homelessness Desperate for Support from LGBT Movement.

Posted May 9, 2011