Two stats that should make us all pause:
- Less than 7% of youth in the U.S. identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning).
- 40% of youth who are currently homeless identify as LGBTQ.
Today is 40 to None Day, a national day to raise public awareness about LGBTQ youth homelessness organized by our friends at the True Colors Fund. With the recent wave of oppressive anti-LGBTQ legislation sweeping across North Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi over the past few weeks (as I write this in preparation for tomorrow, protesters are being arrested at the state house in North Carolina), LGBTQ youth need to know that they are valued and have our support
Today we reaffirm our commitment to ending homeless for everyone, and to ensuring that all LGBTQ youth have a safe and stable place to call home.
Show your support and post your own photo on social media. You can download a sign here.
- Just released yesterday! At the Intersections: a new in-depth look into homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth. This first-of-its-kind online publication offers approaches to supporting youth experiencing homelessness, case studies of successful models, and concrete solutions to ending homelessness among LGBTQ youth.
- Check out our recent interview with Ryan Berg, author of No House to Call My Home, a powerful book about LGBTQ homeless youth living in a group home in New York City.