This post was scheduled for June, as a way to mark LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) Pride Month. It was scheduled to coincide with big parades in major cities and rainbow flags flown from store fronts and public buildings.
But as Pride month was nearing its halfway mark, we lost 49 mostly young, gay, Latinos (and 53 more seriously injured) at a night club in Orlando in the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in our country’s history.
It’s well-documented that almost 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. Below are three accessible resources to support these youth. Read them, use what’s valuable, and please share far and wide so that the support and love drowns out the violence and hate.
1. For advocates, providers and policy makers, and funders:
At the Intersections: A Collaborative Resource on LGBTQ Youth Homelessness
By True Colors Fund and the National LGBTQ Task Force
At the Intersections is the first-of-its-kind online publication highlighting innovative approaches to supporting youth experiencing homelessness. The guide provides case studies of replicable and successful models and offers concrete solutions to ending homelessness among LGBTQ youth. The guide is very well organized, divided into easy to navigate sections.
2. For funders:
LGBTQ Homeless Youth Prevention Initiative Houston Funders’ Tool Kit
By Nest of The Way Home (Houston)
Developed especially for funders, this concise tool kit provides some information on LGBTQ homelessness but the most valuable part is the last page which offers a series of useful questions grantmakers can ask to assess if their grantees/potential grantees are effectively serving LGBTQ youth.
3. For youth:
On Our Own: A Survival Guide for Independent LGBTQ Youth
By Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Time Out Youth, and the True Colors Fund
This is the kind of publication we wish we didn’t need, but glad that it exits. As the intro of this guide states, “Far too many youth are forced to leave their homes simply because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ). This guide is designed to help youth who are LGBTQ and aren’t able to rely on their parents or guardians for financial support.” The 14 page guide provides a very practical overview of topics such as how to get a job, get housing, set up a bank account, find educational opportunities, and access healthcare.