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Life as a Homeless LGBT Youth

A homeless person sleeping on a bench.

  It’s difficult to find hard statistics on homeless youth in the United States for many reasons, not all of them obvious. But the current educated guess is in the neighborhood of 1.6 million. (Youth, in this instance, means under 19 years old). And slightly more than forty percent of them, or roughly 640,000 children, […]

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LGBT Youth Find Love From “Your Holiday Mom”

Artwork Speaking for Homeless LGBTQ Youth: Invisible—Samantha Box and Alexis Handwerker/The Hear Me ROAR! Project. | According to the U.S. government, the number of homeless and runaway youth ranges from 575,000 to 1.6 million. Out of that number, it is conservatively estimated that between 20 and 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. Your Holiday Mom provides support during a lonely season for these rejected young people.

For too many LGBTQ youth, the holidays carry a lonely sting. Disowning and isolation are still all-too-common chapters of the narrative of growing up queer, and with the message of ‘Christmas is a time for family!’ being shouted from all sides, November and December are minefields of unpleasant landmarks for those who have lost their […]

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