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Lgbt Youth Homelessness

Memories Of Violence: The Last Time My Father Beat Me

Randall Jenson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Randall Jenson

The police photographed my nose, my eye, my face and my arms. They documented the bruises. Then I saw my father arrive at the station in steel handcuffs. I will never forget that image, because it was the only time in all the years of abuse that I saw him arrested.

Michelle Shocked, This Is What It Truly Means To Be Silenced By Fear

Jackie Gardina | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jackie Gardina

LGBT people wear invisible duct tape over our mouths every day -- not as a publicity stunt but as a mode a survival. We remain silent to avoid personal and familial rejection, to keep our jobs and our homes and to protect our physical safety. Our fear is real.

Mayor Bloomberg, Homeless Denier

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Carl Siciliano

For the past two years I've worked on a project called "Homeless for the Holidays," interviewing and photographing homeless LGBT youth during the winter months as they sleep on the streets of NYC, so frankly, it infuriates me that our mayor would say that "no one is sleeping on the streets."

LGBTQ Youth Communities Online And Off

Gideon Resnick | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gideon Resnick

On Wednesday nights a group of trans and gender-nonconforming young adults makes a lengthy trek to the Broadway Youth Center in Lakeview. They gather for Trans Youth and Resource Advocacy (TYRA) meetings, a space for safety and discussion.

Religion: Benefit, Hazard Or Both When It Comes To LGBT People?

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

There are a lot of people working hard and spending a lot of money to make religion a hazard to LGBT people. Many other people of faith may deeply disagree with that treatment. However, when people of faith stand idly by, faith will continue to be a more of a hazard than a benefit.

Homeless For The Holidays: Witnessing The Lives Of Homeless LGBT Youth

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Carl Siciliano

As LGBT youth come out at younger ages, thousands are driven from their homes by rejecting families. And in a society that has grown increasingly unwilling to support a safety net for the most vulnerable, they are forced to endure homelessness and destitution.

Young, Gay And Homeless

Daniel Browne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Daniel Browne

Being homeless is one of the worst things can happen to someone. I know because I have been there. In 2004, at the age of 20, my circumstances changed dramatically, and I was made homeless one week before Christmas. I was devastated, and it was a dark period in my life.

Ignoring The 'Fiscal Cliff' Will Lead To An Unhappy New Year For LGBTQ Youth

Abbe Land | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Abbe Land

Should Congress fail to reach a budget agreement and take action before New Year's Day, $54.7 billion in federal spending will be cut immediately. These arbitrary cuts to vital services would mean decreased access to mental health care, safe schools and shelters for LGBTQ youth.

Mike Ruiz And Carmen Electra Rock Out For Homeless LGBT Youth

Jacob Tobia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jacob Tobia

As a queer kid from Raleigh, N.C., who's just spending a semester in NYC, I didn't think I'd end my semester by sitting VIP at the birthday of an infamous photographer while an equally infamous woman took the stage. The best part? It was a benefit for the Ali Forney Center.

Why I'm Running Across The Brooklyn Bridge In High Heels

Jacob Tobia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jacob Tobia

On Dec. 15, in commemoration of five years out of the closet, I'm going to be raising money by running across the Brooklyn Bridge in five-inch heels. Why? Because Hurricane Sandy has left thousands of homeless LGBT youth in New York City out in the cold.

Helping Out Our LGBT Youth

Justin Hernandez | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Justin Hernandez

Some experience a lack of support from their loved ones, and others are even faced with homelessness. Here in New York the Ali Forney Center and the Hetrick-Martin Institute are invaluable resources to these kids, but both of these organizations were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Denied Shelter Beds, Many Of NYC's Homeless Youth Turn To Prostitution

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Carl Siciliano

New York City's homeless youth are frequently faced with no option but to prostitute themselves in order to survive. And Mayor Bloomberg, despite promoting anti-prostitution efforts, perpetuates this situation by failing to provide nearly enough shelter beds for homeless youth.

From Losing My First Boyfriend To Homophobia To Empowering LGBT Youth: It Gets Better

Scott Beaver | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scott Beaver

A week after I was outed, my boyfriend disappeared. I came into contact with one of his friends and discovered that he'd come out to his parents a few months before he met me, and they'd kicked him out, so he'd begun living on the streets. He'd disappeared because he'd passed away.

Reflections On A Decade Of Protecting Homeless LGBT Youth

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Carl Siciliano

As we worked to open the Ali Forney Center, I was haunted by the fact that the movement for LGBT equality did not address the needs of LGBT kids who are rejected by their families. LGBT kids who fell victim to family rejection were left to fend for themselves in the streets.

Capital Pride 2012 Kicks Off

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 05.30.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Capital Pride kicks off this week and runs for the next 15 days. With multiple events scheduled each day, from town hall forums to drag ...

Bloomberg Plans To Throw Homeless Youths Out Of Their Shelter Beds

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Carl Siciliano

I wonder if the mayor understands what it means to put a kid on the street. Does he know that many will be forced to resort to prostitution? Does he know that 20 percent of the LGBT kids will become infected with HIV? Does he know that 60 percent will consider or attempt suicide?

Cardinal Dolan Responds To My Open Letter

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Carl Siciliano

Recently I published an open letter to Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, calling his attention to the epidemic numbers of LGBT youth being rejected by their parents and forced into homelessness. Last week I received the following reply from Cardinal Dolan.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Michelle, 20, From the Bronx (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diana Scholl


Cardinal Dolan, Stop Endangering LGBT Youth

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Carl Siciliano

I am writing to you on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of LGBT youths who have been driven from their homes by parents unwilling or unable to accept their own children because they are gay.

Living On The Streets At The Dangerous Intersection Of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Race And Class

Laura A. Hughes | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Laura A. Hughes

We know LGBT youth homelessness is not like the issues of marriage equality or the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," both more "palatable" not only to the public but to those who help fund and drive the agenda for LGBT equality. But we must do whatever we can to make it a priority.

Youth Homelessness Moves Forward As A Major LGBTQ Issue... Thanks To The White House

Laura A. Hughes | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Laura A. Hughes

We are thrilled that today, March 9, 2012, the Ruth Ellis Center will partner with the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to hold the first-ever LGBT Conference on Housing & Homelessness.

A Generation Sacrificed, Again

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum

This past weekend over 20 churches and synagogues in New York City sounded the alarm on the LGBTQ youth homelessness crisis. We continue to demand that our government commit to our young people, and commit to funding safe shelter for our homeless.

Bringing Families Into The Fold When Serving Homeless LGBT Youth

Theresa Nolan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Theresa Nolan

Family rejection and its tragic consequences are hardly new problems. But for many years, providers and advocates for homeless LGBT youth have, for many reasons, focused on the youth themselves, giving little attention to their families.

PHOTOS: Homeless For The Holidays: Portraits Of NYC's Homeless LGBT Youth

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Carl Siciliano


LGBT Youth Shelter Faces Licensing Problems

The New York Times | STEVEN W. THRASHER | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

HARD by the mouth of the Lincoln Tunnel, on one of the last ungentrified blocks of Midtown Manhattan, Metropolitan Community Church sits sandwiched be...