It’s a statistic that may shock you, but that doesn’t make it any less true: approximately 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), while about 7% of the general youth population does the same. The discrepancy is outrageous, and it’s impossible to ignore.

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Larkin Street is joining people across the country – including local service providers, national advocacy organizations, elected officials, celebrities, LGBT youth, and community members – for the first ever #40toNoneDay.

#40toNoneDay is a national day focused on raising awareness about LGBT youth homelessness. While there are many factors that contribute to LGBT youth homelessness, identity-based family rejection is the most commonly cited reason. Our goal is to ultimately reduce the disproportionate percentage from 40% to none. And, in order to do that, we need people to know that this issue exists and that everyone has a part to play in ending it!

All of us have the ability to make an impact in the movement to end LGBT youth homelessness. The opportunity is yours. Will you take it?

Get involved at www.40toNoneDay.org.