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Homeless Lgbt Youth

Young, Gay & Homeless: Why LGBT Youth Still End Up On The Streets In Disproportionate Numbers

Posted 12.30.2013 | Gay Voices

Homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth may represent a disproportionate number of people living on the streets and in shelters ...

30 Days Of LGBT Holiday Giving: Give A Gift To OUTreach Resource Center

Posted 12.30.2012 | 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 ...

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 ...

Young, Gay And Homeless

Daniel Browne | Posted 02.19.2013 | Gay 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.

Curtis M. Wong

'Queer As Folk' Star, Broadway Hunk Sing For Homeless LGBT Youth In NYC | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.19.2012 | Gay Voices

Broadway stars, TV actors and other top-notch talent helped make the yuletide a little bit gayer than usual Dec. 16 as part of “A Better Holiday" in...

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

Abbe Land | Posted 02.10.2013 | Gay 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.

WATCH: Student Warms Up In High Heels For Brooklyn Bridge Run

Posted 12.10.2012 | Gay Voices

Jacob Tobia is set to run across the Brooklyn Bridge for a good cause -- in high heels, no less. The Duke University student will don stilettos De...

Mike Ruiz And Carmen Electra Rock Out For Homeless LGBT Youth

Jacob Tobia | Posted 02.09.2013 | Gay 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 02.04.2013 | Gay 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 01.15.2013 | Gay 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.

Hurricane Sandy Devastates Center For NYC Homeless LGBT Youth (UPDATED)

Posted 01.05.2013 | Gay Voices

UPDATED at 4:35pm ET on November 6: Industry Bar, located at 355 West 52nd Street in Manhattan, NYC, will host a fundraising event from 4:00 p.m. to ...

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

Carl Siciliano | Posted 12.09.2012 | Gay 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.

Marriage Isn't Everything

Ashley Skitzki | Posted 10.31.2012 | Gay Voices
Ashley Skitzki

No matter what side of the debate people are on, marriage isn't everything. In fact, with the challenges of bigotry, hatred, and violence facing LGBTQ youth today, marriage equality can feel like a nice idea, but not an immediate concern.

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...

Happy 59th Birthday, Cyndi Lauper!

Posted 06.22.2012 | Gay Voices

With her iconic style and impeccable musicianship, Cyndi Lauper may seem timeless. But the pop diva and all-around humanitarian (not to mention HuffPo...

Kevin Burra

Not Your Mother's Ballroom Scene: The Kiki Scene And Reincarnating A Harlem Ballroom Relic | Kevin Burra | Posted 06.25.2012 | Gay Voices

Los Angeles' House and Ballroom scene -- an underground lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in which dancers compete by dressing up and "...

Reflections On A Decade Of Protecting Homeless LGBT Youth

Carl Siciliano | Posted 08.19.2012 | Gay 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.

Bloomberg Plans To Throw Homeless Youths Out Of Their Shelter Beds

Carl Siciliano | Posted 07.04.2012 | Gay 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?

When A Young Catholic Has Had Enough, He Resigns

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 06.05.2012 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

In light of Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan's comments directed at the LGBT community, I resigned from the Executive Committee of the Junior Board of Catholic Charities.

Cardinal Dolan Responds To My Open Letter

Carl Siciliano | Posted 06.02.2012 | Gay 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, N.Y.

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl


PHOTOS: Broadway's Hottest Chorus Boys Suit Up -- And Strip Down -- For Charity In New York

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.21.2012 | Gay Voices

“Is this a gay pageant?” That was the question that comedian/actress Jackie Hoffman offered the crowd at the start of the sixth annual Broadwa...

Cardinal Dolan, Stop Endangering LGBT Youth

Carl Siciliano | Posted 05.20.2012 | Gay 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 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.