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Advocate for homeless LGBT youth calls on Pope to end religion’s anti-gay messaging

Sunday, April 13, 2014
NEW YORK -- Homeless LGBT youth advocate Carl Siciliano, executive director of the Ali Forney Center, America's largest shelter for homeless LGBT youth, is calling on Pope Francis to to lead the world's religious communities in bringing an end to the "grave moral failure" by the Church to embrace LGBT youth and families. [ Read more → ]

Gay Marine’s amazing journey from homeless shelter to Ivy League

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
U.S. Marine Corps veteran Elegance Bratton was kicked out of his home at the age of 16, spent 10 years homeless, joined the Marines and is now working on a documentary to shed light on youth homelessness in NYC’s West Village. [ Read more → ]

Celebrities raise awareness for homeless LGBT youth in Los Angeles (Video)

Sunday, October 20, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- Jamie Foxx and Elton John are among a number of celebrities participating in a new public service announcement to raise awareness for homeless LGBT youth of Los Angeles. [ Read more → ]

Lawmakers introduce LGBT-inclusive runaway, homeless youth act

Friday, August 2, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) and Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.) on Thursday introduced legislation supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender runaway and homeless youth. [ Read more → ]

$1 million government grant to help homeless LGBT youth in N.Y.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
NEW YORK — A $1 million government grant will help homeless gay youths in New York state who've had run-ins with the law get their lives on track. [ Read more → ]

Report: One-third of San Francisco’s homeless identify as LGBT

Saturday, June 22, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO — More than one-quarter of the homeless people counted in San Francisco this year identified themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, a proportion that surprised veteran advocates for the homeless who say that gays are overrepresented in the ranks of homeless youth and elderly. [ Read more → ]

Did you hear the one about the homophobes who wanted to adopt out their lesbian daughter?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Jokes are supposed to be funny. They always start with a set up and then build to a crescendo where the plot twists and the listener bursts out laughing. Last week a “joke” went viral, but no one was left laughing. The “joke” was an article titled, “Parents put 16-year-old daughter up for adoption after learning she is gay." ... The piece was written as humor…satire… but none of the 72,000 who shared it took it that way. They believed it to be real. Who could blame them? [ Read more → ]

LGBT homeless youth drop-in center in NYC destroyed in ‘Frankenstorm’

Monday, November 5, 2012
NEW YORK -- A major homeless drop-in center for LGBT youth in New York City has been badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. [ Read more → ]

The face of ‘modern slavery’ looks a lot like us

Sunday, September 30, 2012
Imagine, if you can, 400,000 gay youth forced to leave their homes, with no family, no support, and living on the streets. They become the most vulnerable among us. They become the epitome of what is an easy target for the criminals who want only to exploit their bodies for sexual prostitution; and not just prostitution, but commercial sexual exploitation. Children who are forced out of the only home they have ever known by parents, who can’t tolerate the thought of their child being gay, find themselves alone and on the street.... [ Read more → ]

America’s shame: 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBT kids

Friday, July 13, 2012
LOS ANGELES – About 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBT, and nearly all homeless youth service providers in the U.S. now serve LGBT youth, according to a comprehensive report on LGBT youth homelessness released Thursday. [ Read more → ]

NYC designates $3.3 million for Bea Arthur Residence‎ for Homeless LGBT youth

Monday, July 9, 2012
NEW YORK -- The Ali Forney Center — a homeless shelter for LGBT youth in New York City — will receive $3.3 million from the city to renovate an East Village property, according to a statement released Monday. [ Read more → ]

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

Friday, February 17, 2012
A local CBS affiliate in Miami, Florida has 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... [ Read more → ]

NY activists donate $100k to kick-off campaign to aid homeless LGBT youth

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest organization working on behalf of homeless LGBT youth, on Monday announced that longtime New York activists Frank Selvaggi and Bill Shea had donated $100,000 to the center to kick off its “Homeless for the Holidays” campaign, aimed at raising $1 million to increase the number of beds for homeless LGBT youth in New York City. [ Read more → ]

San Francisco youth commissioner battles old foe: LGBT youth homelessness

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mia Tu Mutch, a 20-year-old transgender female in San Francisco, spends many of her days assisting LGBTQ youth, and facing an former foe of her own -- homelessness. [ Read more → ]

Gay rights movement has not been kind to the plight of homeless LGBT youth

Monday, November 21, 2011
The gay rights movement has not been good about dealing with the issue of homeless gay youth, and depending on the study, somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of homeless youths identify as LGBT, reported National Public Radio, this past weekend. [ Read more → ]

Massachusetts study finds alarming trend in homelessness among LGBTQ youth

Saturday, July 23, 2011
In a study published online Thursday by the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston's Children's Hospital, researchers found that that 25 percent of gay and lesbian public high school students in Massachusetts were homeless. [ Read more → ]
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