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  •  There are programs across the country (3+ / 0-)
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    sboucher, blueoasis, FarWestGirl

    Of course, not enough, but the federal government funds street outreach and shelter programs for homeless youth in every state.  A few are exclusively focused on LGBT youth, but all of them are supposed to have policies & procedures to ensure that they are safe & welcoming for queer kids.
    It goes without saying that in real life, some agencies do much better at it than others.

    I wodnered where the statistic about "62% of homeless gay kids end up killing themsleves" comes from?  That seems very, very high in my experience.  I wouldn't doubt that % make suicide attempts.  Is it posssible that it meant attempts, rather than completed suicides?

    •  I'm not sure. (0+ / 0-)

      The news article with the video said:
       "According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, 58 percent of homeless LGBT youth become sexual victims on the streets.

      And the suicide rates are staggering. Nearly 62 percent of homeless LGBT youth end up killing themselves."

      But then the Coalition for the Homeless says:
      "LGBT homeless youth commit suicide at higher rates (62%) than heterosexual homeless youth (29%)."

      More research will be needed here.

      It's not just a zip code, it's an attitude.

      by sboucher on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:01:04 PM PST

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