Large numbers of homeless youth are LGBT

Filed under: Gay Parenting

According to a new study, somewhere between 20 and 40 percent of homeless kids identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). This is a noticeably higher percentage than the general population. So why is this? A big part of the problem is the ostracization that these kids so often face, even at home from their own families. One study found that 26 percent of gay teens who came out to their parents were actually told to leave home. That is one amazingly sad statistic. It also explains why one group actually ran an advertising campaign aimed at parents of LGBT kids.

Unfortunately, these kids also face increased difficulties on the streets, with shelters not being very sheltering -- they report being threatened, belittled, and even abused by staff and other residents. It seems insane to me that someone would stop loving their kids simply because they were gay. With all the stuff my kids do to piss me off on a daily basis, sexual orientation seems so unimportant. If I can still love them after they do the things they do, what difference does it make who they fall in love with?

It's bad that there are homeless kids at all; it's insane that some are there because their parents didn't want them anymore. Kids are our most important and most valuable asset. Hopefully, given this report, something can be done to get these kids the help they need.

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