According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, 20% of…

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According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, 20% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) in the US, as opposed to 10% of the general youth population. Once on the streets, LGBT youth experience hardships such as mental health problems, sexual violence and even suicide at a higher rate than their heterosexual counterparts.

Many LGBT youth leave home due to not being accepted by family members, only to be harassed while on the streets or even in a shelter. Some shelters have policies regarding transgender youth, which would make a young person stay in a gender specific area that matches the sex in which they were born rather than how they currently identify.

There are other shelters around the country that are trying to make safe spaces for LGBT youth so that they may receive the same services as heterosexual youth. In order to get access to these shelters, along with many other resources, youth or adults that are working with them can contact us here at National Runaway Safeline. In addition, here are some online resources for LGBTQ youth and those adults who care about them.

The Trevor Project
Youth Guide
Forty To None

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