There are various oppressions that exist in our society for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual + (LGBTQIA+) community. This is no different when it comes to youth experiencing homelessness. About 40% of youth experiencing homelessness are LGBTQIA+ (Williams Institute). BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People of Color) youth who also identify as LGBTQIA+ are impacted even more greatly, facing barriers of homophobia and/or transphobia, and systemic racism. Knowing how homelessness and housing insecurity impacts LGBTQIA+ youth, it is imperative our host families are able to provide safe and affirming homes for all youth.
Our partners at The Frederick Center exist to support and advocate for LGBTQ+ people and their families in the broader Frederick community. Watch and listen to learn how THRIVE! host families can learn how to better accept and affirm youth who identify as LGBTQ+.
Learn more about the experiences of LGBTQIA+ youth experiencing homelessness through this study: Homeless and Housing Experiences among LGBTQ Young Adults in Seven U.S. Cities.