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Homeless Lgbt Youth

The Queers Left Behind: How LGBT Assimilation Is Hurting Our Community's Most Vulnerable

Colin Walmsley | Posted 07.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Colin Walmsley

Is this to be the brave new gay world? A world in which the public face of the queer community -- the gay, the white, the cisgender and the wealthy -- take their place among society's elite, leaving the transgender, the non-white, the poor and the homeless to fend for themselves?

For Famous Rhodes Twins, Helping LGBT Youth Is Now a Family Affair

Jim Key | Posted 07.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Jim Key

Fresh from celebrating the historic marriage equality victory on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, Aaron and Austin Rhodes -- the twins well-known for their recent and emotional YouTube video in which they came out to their dad -- visited the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

For The Love Of Judy Garland

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.31.2015 | Gay Voices

In what has become a hotly-anticipated LGBT Pride Month tradition, New York- and Los Angeles-based writer-actor Justin Sayre will host an evening of s...

'Get Happy' With These Incredible Judy Garland-Inspired Performances Honoring Homeless LGBT Youth

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.29.2015 | Gay Voices

Judy Garland enjoys a near-mythic relationship with gay audiences past and present, so it's only fitting that her legacy would become a tribute to hom...

Elusive and Unsettling: Child and Youth Homelessness in America

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 05.26.2015 | DC
Jean-Michel Giraud

The elephant in the room is our conspicuous reluctance as a society to develop adequate service systems for homeless youth and children. Is the thought of the young people on the street so unsettling and counter to our values that we simply choose to look the other way? Is the reality of trafficking and exploitation so hard to face?

Open Letter to Pope Francis: Religious Homophobia Causes Epidemic of Homeless LGBT Youth

Carl Siciliano | Posted 05.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

You are the world's most influential religious leader. You could protect many youths from harm by teaching that there is nothing wrong with being LGBT, that there is nothing wrong with LGBT children. Doing so would lessen the epidemic of LGBT youth suffering homelessness.

#Pizza4Equality Raises $160,000 In 26 Days To Help LGBTQ Homeless Youth

Scott Wooledge | Posted 05.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Scott Wooledge

On Tuesday, the eve of Forty To None Day (a day of national awareness of the epidemic of homeless youth) I got the opportunity to meet with Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-Winning artist (and my teen shero) Cyndi Lauper when I presented a $160,000.00 check to True Colors Fund, a youth charity Lauper co-founded.

My Struggle To Survive As A Homeless Youth

Kristopher Sharp | Posted 06.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Kristopher Sharp

My life is proof that we can change the future of thousands of youth forced into homelessness by simply valuing their lives, making investments into their futures, and recognizing that they are worth more than a few bucks and some leftover lunch. I am worth something -- and so is every other homeless youth.

Unconditional Love: A Missing Link for Homeless LGBTQ Youth

Tracy Baim | Posted 03.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Tracy Baim

I have been thinking about the word "unconditional" a lot this year. As I delve deep into the issues of homeless LGBTQ youth, I often hear the youth say that what they are most missing are consistent adults in their lives, ones who can provide a safety net -- and unconditional support.

A Gay Dad's Open Letter To Two Fathers Who Gave Up Their Christmas For Homeless LGBT Youth

Posted 12.26.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rob Watson | The Next Family Years ago when my partner and I were deciding whether or not to have kids, we made two lists. The first was a “co...

Finding Home for the Holidays

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Irene Monroe

I truly believe if American Christians stayed more focused on the message and teachings of Jesus, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people would not have the annual angst of searching for home for the holidays.

In Memory of Danny Garvin, One of the Heroic Homeless LGBT Youths Who Fought in the Stonewall Uprising (PHOTOS)

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

Danny was never able to forget what it meant to be a homeless teen. He overcame homelessness and built a good life for himself, but he bore the scars in his psyche, and in his body. He contracted hepatitis while he was homeless; it shortened his life.

Response to #DefendTheDuggars Raises Big Money for Amazing Cause in the South

Scott Wooledge | Posted 02.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Scott Wooledge

I helped kicked off a tweet storm last week, and frankly no one was more surprised than I that it snowballed as it did. As of this writing, the #DefendTheDuggars social media campaign has delivered almost $25,000 to help the homeless LGBTQ youth population in Arkansas.

LGBT Youth Homelessness Is Not an Us/Them Issue

Jama Shelton | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Jama Shelton

I'm frustrated that 8 years after the National LGBTQ Task Force released their report calling LGBT youth homelessness an epidemic, we are still having the same conversations.

Homeless LGBTQ Youth and Progressive Churches: A New Agenda for Care and Justice

Rev. Cody J. Sanders | Posted 11.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Cody J. Sanders

For progressive churches in the U.S., there is a "sweet spot" of meaningful engagement in LGBTQ justice that many congregations are missing. While we're celebrating gains in marriage equality, we often overlook the well-being and livability of life for the homeless LGBTQ youth.

Helping Homeless LGBT Youth Find The Road To Home

Carl Siciliano | Posted 08.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

They tell me of being forced to sell their bodies, of being beaten and raped. They tell me of being cold and terrified, of feeling unloved and driven to the brink of suicide.

LOOK: Judy Garland As You've Never Seen Her Before

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.13.2014 | Gay Voices

It's Judy Garland as you've never seen her before. The Hollywood legend is re-interpreted by visual artists as part of the annual "Night of a Thou...

Curtis M. Wong

A Celebration Of Judy Garland And LGBT Youth

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices

The worlds of Broadway, folk-rock, television and downtown cabaret will unite once again for “Night of a Thousand Judys,” honoring homeless lesbia...

Coming Out to Your Healthcare Provider

Harvey Makadon, M.D. | Posted 08.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Harvey Makadon, M.D.

We can't expect to get appropriate care from our health providers if we don't come out to them. Conversely, our providers have to be well-versed in the healthcare needs of LGBT people. Aside from our romantic partners, our providers are the people who most need to be aware of our gender identity, sexuality, and sexual behavior.

Edie Windor Reveals Her Next Goal

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.06.2014 | Gay Voices

Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) plaintiff Edie Windsor dropped by HuffPost Live this week, speaking at length about her history-making legal victory as...

A Lost Generation

Christopher Fee | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Christopher Fee

America is in immediate danger of throwing away a vast number of our young people; these are kids who have fallen through the gaping holes in our social services net and have landed on our streets.

'Survival Sex Is How I Find A Place To Sleep': Mannequins Send Dire Message On Homeless Youth

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.02.2014 | Impact

Haunting, faceless mannequins are swarming Cleveland this month. They're dressed in hooded sweatshirts, loose pants and weathered sneakers, and -- fr...

Harlem Parents Respond to Local Hate Speech

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 06.28.2014 | New York
Stacy Parker Le Melle

I am a Harlem parent. For the last seven years, I've lived near ATLAH Ministry, a church that has made itself notorious for posting hateful screeds...

A Plea to Pope Francis on Behalf of LGBT Youth

Carl Siciliano | Posted 06.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

The church still teaches that homosexual conduct is a sin, and that being gay is disordered. I hope that if you understand how this teaching tears families apart and prevent your bishops from fighting against the acceptance of LGBT people as equal members of society.

From Homeless to Hopeful: How a Trans Woman of Color Found Her Path (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-03-06-imfromdriftwoodangelalouissmall.pngAngela's story is a message of how important it is for parents to love and support their children, but also how it's never too late to change your life for the better.