About 40% of homeless youth are LGBT and nearly all homeless youth service providers in the U.S. now serve LGBT youth, according to a comprehensive report on LGBT youth homelessness released Thursday.
Nearly seven in 10 (68%) respondents indicated that family rejection was a major factor contributing to LGBT youth homelessness, making it the most cited factor. More than half (54%) of respondents indicated that abuse in their family was another important factor contributing to LGBT homelessness.
This past winter school-break my daughters, Sam and Maddie, spent time making outdoor care kits for the youth living outdoors in our community. They delivered these kits in secondhand backpacks and book-bags to youth living outdoors downtown before opening their own gifts at home.
Maddie has decided she wants to do this again for her birthday. I have told her I would share this on this page and she can write about it here too. Both Sam and Maddie were weary of seeing kids just like them living outdoors. They wanted something they could do. This is a step. I will let Maddie tell the story from here once she has made her next move.