College is a time for learning and growth, not only on an academic level, but at the social level as well. Fitting in and feeling accepted is important to many college students. This is a particularly crucial issue for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community. Although recent strides have… Read more »
The burden of paying for college and adjusting to college life can be tough enough – but it only gets harder for LGBTQ students, who may be ostracized for being different. This guide aims to reduce the stress of college for LGBTQ students by assisting with one key element: financial aid. Read on to find… Read more »
The second in a series of Research-to-Impact briefs by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago on understanding and addressing youth homelessness. A one-page summary accompanies this study. Missed Opportunities: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in America highlights research related to the specific experiences of young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ)… Read more »
This document describes the State of Texas STAR Program. STAR originated in 1983 when the Texas Legislature approved a demonstration project for serving runaway and truant youth called the Services to Truants and Runaways project. By 1984 the first 15 programs were funded under grants from the Texas Department of Human Resources’ Protective Services Branch…. Read more »
Choosing the right college is a difficult process for anyone. As a student who identifies as LGBTQ this task becomes downright daunting as they must also try and find a place of acceptance, inclusion, and support. The College Guide for LGBTQ Students is designed to help students down this path – a planning guide they… Read more »
This video was created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). Access the video at: http://nctsn.org/products/nctsn-safe-places-video.
A Report published by the Center for American Progress. February 2015 Beyond 4 Walls and a Roof: Addressing Homelessness Among Transgender Youth
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) Best Practices in Serving LGBT Youth Outline
Our community is participating in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative, led by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This initiative consists of developing and implementing a plan for LGBTQ youth homelessness prevention and intervention in two communities, including Hamilton County, Ohio, and Harris County, Texas. Montrose… Read more »
The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Framework to End Youth Homelessness (youth framework) expands on the Amendment to Opening Doors legislation by providing clarity on what needs to be done specifically to address youth homelessness to help reach the goal of ending homelessness among children and youth by 2020. This document is a… Read more »
Various incidence studies of homeless youth in the United States estimate that over 2 million youth experience one night of homelessness each year, with over 100,000 sleeping long-term on the streets. Multiple research studies indicate that a conservative estimate finds 1 in 5 homeless youth self-identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning LGBTQ, twice as prevalent as for LGBTQ youth in the general population. LGBTQ youth experience an alarmingly high rate of homelessness when compared to heterosexual youth. Even more troubling is the fact that homeless LGBTQ youth experience higher rates of physical assaults, sexual exploitation, and mental health deterioration than their heterosexual homeless peers.
Severe family conflict, abuse, neglect, and abandonment all con- tribute to family displacement and homelessness for lesbian,1 gay,2 bisexual,3 transgender,4 and queer/ questioning5 (LGBTQ) youth in America. This issue brief offers an overview of research indicating that each year hundreds of thou- sands of LGBTQ youth will experience homelessness.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth are overrepresented in the homeless population. According to a growing body of research and study, a conservative estimate is that one out of every five homeless youth (20 percent) is LGBT-identified. This is greatly dis- proportionate to the estimated percentage of LGBT youth in the general population which is somewhere between 4 and 10 percent.1 Research indicates that each year, hundreds of thousands of LGBT youth will experience homelessness. Most LGBT youth become homeless because of family abuse, neglect, or conflict over their identity. Many homeless LGBT youth were kicked out of their homes while others ran from foster and group homes because they were mistreated or harassed.