LGBTQ Runaway and Homeless Youth

IN THE NEWS

teens-shadowFor homeless gay teens in Little Rock, few places to turn
Arkansas ranks third worst in the nation for homeless children, and few shelters will take in LGBT teens

By Dexter Mullins – Al Jazeera
March 3, 2014

“A 2012 study published by the Williams Institute cites the two primary reasons LGBT teens end up on the streets: family rejection after coming out or being thrown out because of their sexuality.

‘The study provided evidence that LGBT youth comprise a disproportionate portion of homeless youth,” said Gary Gates, one of the researchers behind the study. ‘Family rejection based on a youth’s sexual orientation or gender identity appears to be one of the most important factors for understanding what can lead LGBT youth to become homeless.’

Gates also points out that keeping track of the LGBT youth population is difficult because they tend to be more ‘transient,’ and that by publicly identifying themselves as LGBT, they ‘experience substantial stigma that could further increase reluctance to speak about their sexual orientation or gender identity’ with homeless service providers.”

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UPCOMING EVENT

LGBTQ Youth and The State
Friday, April 11, 2014
UCLA School of Law

A conference on the experiences of LGBTQ youth and their interactions with government institutions, including child welfare, homelessness services, law enforcement, and criminal detention facilities.

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