Follow breaking news @lgbtqnation

Miami local news investigates kids put out ‘like trash’ just for being gay

Friday, February 17, 2012

There are approximately 1.6 million to 2.8 million homeless young people in the United States and a disproportionate number — 20 to 40 percent — are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. LGBT youth often run away from home because of family conflict and then “face overt discrimination when seeking alternative housing, which is compounded by institutionalized discrimination in federally funded programs.”

Last night, a local CBS affiliate in Miami, Florida offered an in-depth look into the crisis of LGBT youth homelessness and the children who are put out “like trash” by parents who refuse to accept them:

Studies show that 320,000 to 400,000 gay and transgender youth face homelessness each year and that many lose their homes at the young age of 13 or 14, as they come out to their parents. Fortunately, the Department of Health and Human Services is already providing “training and technical assistance to States and Indian Tribes on a wide variety of LGBTQ-related issues” and the Obama administration has released recommendations for providing the best possible care in shelters for homeless LGBT youth.

But still, more must be done. There are currently no federal programs specifically designed to meet the needs of gay and transgender homeless youth and federal grant awards for homeless youth services “are being awarded to providers without mandating that they not discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

As the Center for American Progress has recommended, President Obama should issue an executive order “recognizing both lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender homeless youth and homeless youth in general as special-needs populations, and protecting them from discrimination by federal grantees” and the federal government must begin developing programs “that help families from all communities support and nurture their gay and transgender children.”

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) has also introduced the Reconnecting Youth to Prevent Homelessness Act, a bill “designed to help homeless youth rejoin their families and escape life on the streets.” The measure calls for a “demonstration project for improving family relationships and reducing homelessness for LGBT youth” and the development of programs “that improve family relationships and reduce homelessness for LGBT youth.”

© Think Progress.
This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Archives: , ,

Filed under: LGBTQ Life

41 more reader comments:

  1. That is fucking horrible, excuse my French.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:41pm
  2. :(

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:41pm
  3. Love your children no matter their sexual orientation.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:42pm
  4. This is so heartbreaking :(

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:43pm
  5. this is why im blessed that my Mom and Dad did not thow me out growing up !!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:44pm
  6. So sad :(

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:44pm
  7. dislike

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:45pm
  8. This is sad

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:45pm
  9. Been there and thats y i love my mom for exceptin me and lettin me stay wit her

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:46pm
  10. Ill take him in but when he gets older they’ll have HELL to pay for in DA long run

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:47pm
  11. :’(

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:47pm
  12. this is sickening :(

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:49pm
  13. This is so disgusting….. :[ AHH WHY CANT WE JUST FRICKEN GET ALONG?! We are all human beings. We all love, fight, smile, cry; we all bleed red. We are humans, no matter who we go to sleep with at night.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:50pm
  14. That is rediculous! there is nothing wrong with being gay!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:51pm
  15. this is EXACTLY why I want to work with LGBTQ youth…they need to know they are BETTER THAN THIS!!! THEY DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:54pm
  16. Very sad that you would treat your own child like that.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:55pm
  17. When you bring a child (a precious gift) into this world, it is your responsibility to love and protect them no matter their orientation. You should forever be their calm in the storms of life…not the one that throws them to the wolves. There’s a special place in HELL for parents that dont do right by their children.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:57pm
  18. Alas, this is not news to glbt advocates

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:02pm
  19. :(

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:05pm
  20. I can’t believe this still happens so horrible

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:09pm
  21. This is why I can’t wait to be in a better financial situation. When I am, I’m going to adopt like hell.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:36pm
  22. the creator did n’t make garbage and they should n’t do that all LGBTQ are special am a lesbian I will always love my children. when am ready to be a parent if they ‘re straight lesbian gay bisexual trasgender transexual asexual pansexual ploysexual I would always love them! I want to be a accepted parent that loves their children no mater what they are. I don’t have a good relationship with my parent’s about me being a lesbian and I what my children to come and talk too me. About things that bother them cause my parent’s don’t but i will never throughout gifts from the creator

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:40pm
  23. Glad I’m one of you now!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:50pm
  24. Unfortunately this happens way too often. Here in Philadelphia our system is overun with LGBTQ youth with no where to go. We have one pilot ‘shelter’ like program for LGBTQ youth. It is run on a shoe string & that little bit of funding ends Feb. 29 :(

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:54pm
  25. WHAT! WHO DOES THAT!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:57pm
  26. I would love to have an organization geared to help kids who are treated this way and pass laws that would punish the parents for being this way. Love your children no matter what. And what makes me sick is these kids are being punished for doing just that. LOVING!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:00pm
  27. What a damn shame your child to be thrown out hope you all go to hell u good christians we should be helping these young folks for our future

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:11pm
  28. See what that does to kids. I have one of them in my house. Priyadarshi Datta

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:18pm
  29. GDI!!! That really pisses me off. Know wonder people wont wanna come out to others! :-((((((((((

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:21pm
  30. My wyfe is a mental health counselor for a program in Vanc, WA, that serves just these kids! over 40% of our clients are LGBTQI youth discarded (or in consant threat of being) by their families! It happens in EVERY city and town… our youth are 11-20… and those are the lucky few who make it to us!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:23pm
  31. I would take them in

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:26pm
  32. What’s going on in this world when parents will treat their own children in this way? Our children are our collective future no matter their sexual orientation! I’m Gay and proud of it! If each one of us would step up and do anything and everything necessary to stop this type of grotesque and immoral behavior that’s occurring with these sick parents this type of action would stop! END THE HATE!

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:27pm
  33. oh no those poor kids it’s already not easy to be us why would anyone do that :(

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:38pm
  34. who would do this?

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:50pm
  35. those parents should be shot or least educated

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:50pm
  36. nobody deserves to be treated like a “Trash” :(

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 10:31pm
  37. Happen here in Detroit all the time. Thank God for the Ruth Ellis Center to take them in or help them on the street.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 10:41pm
  38. *Happens

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 10:42pm
  39. I find it interesting CPS doesn’t get involved.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 10:55pm
  40. Finally some press on a crisis that has plagued LGBT youth for many years. Even though I haven’t read this story, I was briefly part of the homeless scene in Fort Lauderdale in 2002.

    Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 11:07pm
  41. Stop the Hate. Come out and educate

    Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 1:36am