Counting New York’s Gay and Transgender Youths in Foster Care



Wall Street Journal
By Corinne Ramey
June 5, 2015

When Justice Henry entered New York City’s foster-care system, the then-17-year-old was sent to an all-boys group home in Queens.

“When I got there it was hard, because my voice is light,” said the curly-haired 19-year-old, sitting in the backyard of a group home for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youths in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood.

Other boys would mock him, and he felt like he always had to be on guard.

“They’d be like, ‘I think he’s gay, I think he’s a faggot,’ ” said Mr. Henry, who identifies himself as bisexual.

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