In the United States, 4.2 million youth experience homelessness each year, with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth 120% more likely to experience homelessness than their non-LGBTQ peers.
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t’s estimated that about 7% of youth in the United States are LGBTQ, while 40% of youth experiencing homelessness are LGBTQ.
Why do LGBTQ Youth Experience Homelessness?
Family conflict is the most common cause of all youth homelessness. For LGBTQ youth in particular, the conflict tends to be over their sexual orientation or gender identity.
While rejection is the most frequently cited reason LGBTQ youth experience homelessness, it’s not the only one. According to service providers, additional reasons include aging out of the foster care system, poverty, and conflict in the home. Often, it’s not one thing that causes homelessness, but a combination of many.
AFCI's vision is a world where LGBTQ persons are accepted, loved, and nurtured by their families in a safe and supportive home and our mission is to end rejection of LGBTQ youth by advocating for them and educating their families.
We need your help to continue to communicate with and support the families and the communities of LGBTQ youth.
Our children are so much more than their sexual orientation or gender identity and we want to give thanks this month for the whole person these children are.