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Homeless Gay Youth

My Hideous Angel: A Story of Growing Up Gay in an Abusive Home

Randall Jenson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Randall Jenson

My brother and sister were out in the living room. I remember calling them into the bedroom and explaining to them that I was leaving. I had to go. When my sister asked why, I shared, "Remember how Mom always kicks me out of the house and calls me a faggot and stuff?"

HIV Prevention and Homeless Youth: Fixing a Catastrophic Failure

Carl Siciliano | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

HIV prevention efforts directed at homeless youths typically focus on condom distribution and HIV prevention education. But focusing on condoms and awareness without responding to the lack of shelter, which forces homeless youths into survival sex, is a failed policy.

Ending LGBT Youth Homelessness: Forty to None Project's Multi-pronged Approach

Jama Shelton | Posted 07.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Jama Shelton

Most solutions to the problem of youth homelessness center around increased shelter services, but we have established a three-tiered approach that is multidimensional and holistic; each part is important in its own right but ineffective without the others.

Leaving Hell

Saddique Elliott | Posted 07.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Saddique Elliott

"Who am I?" This is a question that the past me could never answer. For anyone living in homophobic hell, aka Jamaica, it is hard to physically, verbally or mentally express, "I am gay." Jamaicans, for no apparent reason, or because of their "Christian values," shun homosexuality.

Did You Hear The Joke About The Homophobes Who Wanted To Put Their 16-Year-Old Lesbian Daughter Up For Adoption?

Rob Watson | Posted 06.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

The satirical article described the mindset of a homophobic couple who, upon learning that their daughter is gay, sought to put her up for adoption. Those who believed the story did so because, even though the story is fake, the mindset it describes is painfully and horrifically real.

Memories Of Violence: The Last Time My Father Beat Me

Randall Jenson | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay 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.

My Queer Wish List for 2013: 10 Out-of-the-Spotlight Hopes for the New Year

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 02.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Josh A. Goodman

As 2012 comes to a close, there is a lot to be thankful for in the LGBT world. But there are plenty of other important issues that receive less attention. Here's my out-of-the-spotlight queer wish list for the New Year.

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

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.20.2013 | Gay 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.

30 Days Of Holiday LGBT Giving: Lost-n-Found Youth, Inc.

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.21.2012 | Gay Voices

Note: This holiday season, in lieu of a traditional holiday gift guide, we'll be featuring a different LGBT organization each day for our "30 Days Of ...

Thrown Away Children: An American Epidemic

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 09.17.2012 | Impact
Victor M. Feraru

Some 15 years ago I was a "cov kid," which is what they call the homeless throwaway youths who live in the Covenant House. Like many others, I didn't have the resources and support I now have as an adult headed to law school.

Parker Posey To Host NYC Benefit For Homeless LGBT Youth

Posted 07.17.2012 | Gay Voices

The Ali Forney Center's annual summer benefit will shine brighter than ever this year -- with a little help from Parker Posey. The 43-year-old "Ho...

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

Laura A. Hughes | Posted 05.12.2012 | Gay 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 05.09.2012 | Gay 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.

More LGBT Youth Being Driven To Homelessness At Younger Ages: Report

Posted 02.17.2012 | Gay Voices

A CBS affiliate in Miami is shedding light on an oft-overlooked segment of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community: homeless LGBT youth. ...

A Generation Sacrificed, Again

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum | Posted 03.26.2012 | Gay 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 03.21.2012 | Gay 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 02.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

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Will the LGBT Community Protect Our Homeless Youth?

Carl Siciliano | Posted 12.24.2011 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

While there has recently been widespread response to the epidemic of bullying against LGBT youth in schools, there has been a tragic lack of response to the epidemic of youth being thrown out of their homes by homophobic parents.

'Give a Damn' About LGBT Youth Homelessness

Cyndi Lauper | Posted 12.10.2011 | Gay Voices
Cyndi Lauper

Twenty to 40 percent of homeless youth identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, yet only 3 to 5 percent of the general population does the same. Shock was the first thing I felt when I heard this statistic, and then sadness.