The epidemic of homelessness in the LGBTQ community
There are 1.6 to 2.8 Homeless Youth million homeless youth in Population the United States. Hetero- sexual 60% 20 to 40 percent of them LGBTQ are gay or transgender, 40% compared to only 5 to 10 Overall Youth percent of the overall Population youth population. Hetero- sexual 90% LGBTQ 10%
60% 50 percent of gay teens50% experience a negative reaction when they come40% Negative out. Reaction30% 26 percent of them are Kicked kicked out of their20% Out of homes. Home10%0%
That means 1 out of every 4 teens that identify as gay do not have a home.
Only 3 percent of heterosexual teens are homelessNotHomelessHomeless
An estimated 320,000 to 400,000 gay and transgender youth face homelessness each year. The rate continues to grow.
1 in 5 transgender individuals need or are at risk of needing homeless shelter assistance. However, most shelters are segregated by birth sex, regardless of the individual’s gender identity. Homeless transgender youth are often ostracized by agencies, even those that serve their LGB peers.
LGBT homeless youth are especially vulnerable to depression, loneliness and psychosomatic illness, withdrawn behavior, social problems and delinquency. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the fact that LGBT youth live in “a society that discriminates against and stigmatizes homosexuals” makes them more vulnerable to mental health issues than heterosexual youth. This vulnerability is only magnified for LGBT youth who are homeless.
62 percent of homeless gay and transgender youth attempt suicide.
Only 29 percent of their heterosexual homeless peers do the same.
All statistics were taken from the American Journal of Public Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s study on LGBT youth.