Identifying and Serving LGBTQ Youth

Case studies of runaway and homeless youth programs
February 2014

This report examines provider experiences with serving LGBTQ runaway and homeless youth. The study seeks to learn about programs’ strategies for identifying and serving LGBTQ youth, the challenges agencies face in serving this population, and areas for future research.

  • Andrew Burwick
    Senior Researcher, Mathematica
  • Vanessa Oddo
    Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Laura Durso
    Public Policy Fellow, Former
  • Daniel Friend
    Human Services Researcher, Mathematica
  • Gary J. Gates
    Research Director, Former
Agency staff identified a number of challenges, including a lack of resources that focus on LGBTQ youth.
Staff generally felt that homeless youth face similar types of risks, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Some types of risks, including emotional distress and problems with family relationships, were perceived to be more frequent for LGBTQ youth.

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Identifying and Serving LGBTQ Youth