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Homeless Queer Youth

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

Carl Siciliano | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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.

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?"

Raven Wrestling Wolverine? Coming-Out Consequences

Martel Okonji | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Martel Okonji

Just in the last few weeks, Raven-Symoné, Darren Young and Troye Sivan each proclaimed his or her sexual identity to the world. It's great to hear positive celebrity coming-out stories, but I also know that many teenagers who come out of the closet may end up on the streets.

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.

Mayor Bloomberg, Homeless Denier

Carl Siciliano | Posted 04.24.2013 | Gay 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."

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.

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.

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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American Bastard: What a Straight Wedding Taught Me About Forming a Gay Family (Part 3)

Oscar Raymundo | Posted 12.13.2011 | Gay Voices
Oscar Raymundo

A solution to the homeless youth problem that is affecting not only Chicago's Boystown but other urban areas all over the country will involve more than just one father figure, for it takes a queer village to raise our children, too.

'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.

American Bastard: What a Straight Wedding Taught Me About Forming a Gay Family (Part 2)

Oscar Raymundo | Posted 12.05.2011 | Gay Voices
Oscar Raymundo

There is something about compartmentalizing my relationships that gives me stability: college roommates, professional acquaintances, Twitter friends, best friends, boyfriends, fiancé. Mingling things seems likely to lead to a tangled mess.

American Bastard: What a Straight Wedding Taught Me About Forming a Gay Family (Part 1)

Oscar Raymundo | Posted 11.27.2011 | Gay Voices
Oscar Raymundo

I witnessed Chicago's gay community conflicted over at-risk LGBT youth and the violence they brought upon Boystown. It got me thinking about getting older, the stability of settling down, and what it means to make a family of one's own.