Morgan Philbin’s article, “The Shelter System Isn’t Equipped for LGBTQ+ Youth,” highlights the significant challenges faced by LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness. These resilient young people often encounter obstacles in shelters due to family rejection, rising hate crimes, and discriminatory policies.

The urgency of this issue is evident from a nationwide study of nearly 35,000 LGBTQ+ youth. The study reveals that 28 percent experienced housing instability or homelessness, 8.8 percent ran away due to mistreatment related to their sexual or gender identity, and two in five were kicked out or abandoned. Although LGBTQ+ youth make up less than 10 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 30 to 40 percent of all homeless youth. Additionally, 84 percent reported anxiety, 82 percent depression, and 35 percent a suicide attempt in the past year. These figures highlight the critical need for specialized services.

In the article, Philbin points to successful models of support, including Larkin Street Youth Services, the Ali Forney Center, and Covenant House in New York City. By addressing the unique needs of LGBTQ+ youth, we aim to create nurturing environments that foster growth and resilience.

Click here to read the full article and learn more about how to support LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness.