Homeless Gay Teens
Did you know that up to 40% of homeless youth are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender?
GLBT Teen Homelessness is often caused by homophobia. Many teens have positive, supportive coming out experiences, and families who provide unconditional love. However, in far too many cases, teens who come out are explicitly told they are no longer welcome at home. For others, living at home become so unbearable that leaving may seem like the safest option.
Alternatives to GLBT Teen Homelessness
Teens who are thinking about leaving home should consider as many alternatives to living on the street as possible. Here are some ideas:
- Ask extended family members or close friends if you can stay with them.
- Talk to your guidance counsellor. Be honest about your situation and ask for advice.
- Check out the resource section of this site for organizations that provide support to GLBT teens.
If you are already homeless, here are some options:
- Contact your local GLBT Community Center and ask to be put in touch with appropriate service organizations.
- Many states have services that cater to homeless GLBT teens. The Ali Forney Center in New York City is one such place. They offer an excellet resource list of similar centers in 15 states.
Many traditional shelters are not safe for GLBT teens. If at all possible, try to locate GLBT-friendly services. When dealing with a crisis like homelessness, the last thing you need is a hostile or homophobic service provider.
Though the desire to come out can be very strong, it is important to decide whether coming out to your parents is worth the cost of having a roof over your head.