The Peculiar Kind: “Remembering Homeless Youth During The Holidays”
By Gender Bent
December 28, 2012
We came across this article on GLAAD.org so we had to share it with you.
REMEMBERING HOMELESS YOUTH DURING THE HOLIDAYS
As families across the country gather to celebrate the holidays, it’s important to remember the many people, particularly LGBTQ-identified youth, who are without a permanent home or family simply because of who they are and love.
In fact, a census conducted by the Empire State Coalition and released by the New York City Council in 2008, found that of the 3,800 homeless youth in New York State, 40 percent – more than 1,600 –identify as LGBTQ. Even more, the same report found that LGBTQ youth are eight times more likely to experience homelessness than heterosexual youth, mostly because of family rejection.
The Ali Forney Center launched the Homeless for the Holidays 2012 project, a video campaign that features LGBTQ youth discussing their experiences with living on the streets of New York City.
Help prepare meals, conduct workshops, and assist with events.
Contact The Ali Forney Center at Volunteer@aliforneycenter.org .