Monday, November 21, 2011

Homeless LGBT Youth Struggle For Survival

We have got to do better than this!  I didn't come out to my parents until I was an adult.  I was afraid of what they would think or do if I told them.  It turns out I was fortunate to have parents that love me no matter who I love.  There are many who are not so lucky.


(Courtesy Cathy Renna/Ali Forney Center)
 Via NPR:
A number of studies of homeless youth in big cities put forth a startling statistic: Depending on the study, somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of homeless youths identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
It's largely because gay youths are more often kicked out of their homes than straight youths. And even if they are not kicked out, they may feel so uncomfortable that they leave.
In New York City, nearly 4,000 young people are homeless every night — many of them gay....
...There are only 250 beds for 3,800 homeless kids in New York City; waiting lists are huge. Facing a $10 billion deficit, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made compromises with the New York state Legislature. Budget cuts would have taken 100 of those beds away. The city council restored monies cut from both the city and state budgets, so no beds have been cut. A spokesperson said Cuomo asked all local governments to take more responsibility for their budgets by eliminating waste and prioritizing vital programs.


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