Left Behind: LGBT Homeless Youth Struggle to Survive on the Streets

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    Aug 03, 2014 12:14 PM GMT
    "Despite the gains made for gay rights in recent years, homeless LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) youth have benefited little. Instead, their numbers on the streets have swelled, representing up to an estimated 40 percent of the nation’s young adult homeless population, data shows. In many cases, LGBT youth choose or are forced to leave home because their families don’t accept them. Once homeless, they are exposed to the perils of street life: violence, survival sex, and, in some cases, HIV."

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/left-behind-lgbt-homeless-youth-struggle-survive-streets-n157506
  • kld89

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    Aug 03, 2014 1:13 PM GMT
    This is unacceptable and makes me cringe.

    How can a parent throw their child on the street for being gay or transgendered?
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    Aug 03, 2014 2:10 PM GMT
    The article mentions the numbers of homeless in places like NYC, but we have many here in South Florida, too, because of the warmer climate. And with a high tourist influx some kids can hustle a living better, being rent boys, offering other sexual favors, or simply doing menial labor. Without the need for a lot of seasonal clothes they can carry their essentials with them in a backpack, looking just like college kids on break.

    Many indeed become HIV+ as the article indicates, and are a major focus of HIV outreach efforts here. But education and free condoms don't help them very much, when a trick will only pay if they'll bareback with them. A kid desperate for money will let a guy top him without protection, and now we have another HIV case on our hands.
  • jaroslav123

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    Aug 03, 2014 11:35 PM GMT
    God, to think I tried to run away from home once. My heart goes out to them. Poor souls.

    Oh, this world is needlessly cruel.
  • tazzari

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    Aug 03, 2014 11:40 PM GMT
    I donate monthly to organizations that help kids in this situation. Not much, but all I can manage at this point - I hope to do more later.
  • jaroslav123

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    Aug 03, 2014 11:46 PM GMT
    tazzari saidI donate monthly to organizations that help kids in this situation. Not much, but all I can manage at this point - I hope to do more later.


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    Aug 03, 2014 11:50 PM GMT
    jaroslav123 saidGod, to think I tried to run away from home once. My heart goes out to them. Poor souls.

    Oh, this world is needlessly cruel.


    I think a lot of us go through thinking of it. I contemplated suicide. But thank God for good parents and the sense. I think going through this sort of thing often makes LGBT people more sensitive to the problems and needs of others. I'm actually grateful for some of the BS I've had to deal with, because I believe it has made me a better and more aware person.
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    Aug 04, 2014 4:24 AM GMT
    There is an organization in Portland that takes care of these kids, though I'm sure that the problem is bigger than their resources. I happened to walk past their location last night, and there were people too old for their program sitting on the sidewalk outside.

    A few years ago, when there used to be active live regional chat on gay.com, occasionally some kid would log on and tell a story about being kicked out of their home. I'm happy to say, that the local guys would always get the right people on the phone in real time and steer those kids toward help. There was never any suggestion of the predatory crap that some stereotypes would have you believe in.

    In this week's news, they're being sued by some guy for $1M, (along with zip car, cause, like, zip car has more money) because they somehow lost a mattress out of a pick-up, and some guy thinks that being hit by a mattress is worth $M in "pain and suffering."

    I've also read about little tribes of half-feral kids living in the national forest on the Oregon-California border. Not necessarily gay, but kicked out or run away from home for one reason or another. They take care of one another, (barely) outside the law. It's not clear that anyone really knows what to do for these kids, or that they're ready to accept help from anybody. icon_neutral.gif It has been a few years since I heard anything about them.
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    Aug 04, 2014 1:15 PM GMT
    Yup, it is a huge problem in many places.

    In NYC, the Church of St. Luke in the Fields operates a drop-in center on Saturdays because hundreds of these young people descend on Christopher St. on weekends. The Ali Forney Center also has residential facilities, but not nearly enough to meet the need.

    I wrote last month about my experience with homeless/runaway youth in San Francisco some years ago. There were a lot fewer in the Tenderloin during my recent visit but I suspect they were just shuffled into a different neighborhood by gentrification.
  • pclo1955

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    Aug 04, 2014 2:22 PM GMT
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    Hi can we be friends? I would like to get to know you better if you would like you can give me a call at 734-2-340-2644 let talk soon!!my name is Patricke

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    Aug 04, 2014 6:06 PM GMT
    kld89 saidThis is unacceptable and makes me cringe.

    How can a parent throw their child on the street for being gay or transgendered?


    It might have happened to me when I was outed except that I was no longer living with my parents. I was disowned, but thanks to a doctor and his wife who were friends of the family and who persuaded my parents that they were being much too harsh, things did change for the better. That was in 1959. One would think that such things would no longer occur, but they do.
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    Aug 05, 2014 6:35 AM GMT
    A manufactured crisis.
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    Aug 05, 2014 7:03 AM GMT
    I know quite a few young homeless people (over 20 of them), but none who are gay.

    With that experience in mind, I have to question those statistics.
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    Aug 05, 2014 8:49 AM GMT
    Jack_NNJ saidA manufactured crisis.


    Your birth was a manufactured crisis.

    I'd like to punch your father in the nuts for not pulling out in time.
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    Aug 05, 2014 10:49 AM GMT
    credo said
    Jack_NNJ saidA manufactured crisis.


    Your birth was a manufactured crisis.

    I'd like to punch your father in the nuts for not pulling out in time.


    A man with the big nuts to call it how it is. But seriously he was only stating and opinion even if it is ignorant,so that was over the top and If you have seen my posts you'll know I call it as I see it like you but why get personal
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    Aug 05, 2014 12:54 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI know quite a few young homeless people (over 20 of them), but none who are gay.

    With that experience in mind, I have to question those statistics.

    Several of the South Florida HIV/AIDS organizations with which I work deal with homeless youth. None are set up to provide housing, but act more as referral houses to channel these kids to other appropriate agencies, and especially to get them HIV medical care, food and clothing.

    At Broward House my husband's gift donation soliciting work specifically sought items for "Comfort Packs" for these homeless, consisting of soap, deodorant, toothpaste & brush, underwear, and so forth. Homeless HIV persons of all ages were eligible, but some were very young recipients.

    So young in fact that it would raise the legal issue of being required to turn them in to law enforcement as minors, if they admitted their age. But most would not, and instead run away and hide if their age was suspected, thereby losing the aid we were trying to give them, becoming worse off than before.

    So they do really exist. In what numbers I can't say, since down here in Florida the warm weather and transient tourist population allows them to blend in more easily with the non-homeless. And as I said many are afraid to reveal themselves, and risk being returned to a system they believe has already failed them, forcing them into institutions or back to their abusive families.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 05, 2014 1:03 PM GMT
    Any parent who just throws their kid out of the house should be horse whipped by authorities. This is just wrong and immoral behavior on the parent's part. Why do most of these parents throw their gay and lesbian children out, it is mostly because they listen to all these NARROW MINDED BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLS and the baseless bullshit they spew out.
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    Aug 05, 2014 5:46 PM GMT
    credo said
    Jack_NNJ saidA manufactured crisis.


    Your birth was a manufactured crisis.

    I'd like to punch your father in the nuts for not pulling out in time.


    You are not being fair. He have meant that it is a crisis manufactured by obdurate parents who are more concerned with sticking to their irrational and inappropriate beliefs than they are with the welfare of their own children.



    On second thought, after reading his profile, I'm inclined to agree with you. He seems to be the type who would also disown his own children, or at least treat them like dirt, if he discovered them to be gay. He probably really believes that all the problems that the world has ever faced, past, present, and future, have been caused by "liberals" and that without "liberals", the world would be a paradice, el dorado, and sangria la all rolled into one.
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    Aug 05, 2014 5:51 PM GMT
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    credo said
    Jack_NNJ saidA manufactured crisis.

    Your birth was a manufactured crisis.

    I'd like to punch your father in the nuts for not pulling out in time.

    You are not being fair. He have meant that it is a crisis manufactured by obdurate parents who are more concerned with sticking to their irrational and inappropriate beliefs than they are with the welfare of their own children.

    That's not how his terse comment came across, within the context of the discussion. Why don't we ask him what he really meant?
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    Aug 05, 2014 5:52 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    FRE0 said
    credo said
    Jack_NNJ saidA manufactured crisis.


    Your birth was a manufactured crisis.

    I'd like to punch your father in the nuts for not pulling out in time.

    You are not being fair. He have meant that it is a crisis manufactured by obdurate parents who are more concerned with sticking to their irrational and inappropriate beliefs than they are with the welfare of their own children.

    That's not how his terse comment came across, within the context of the discussion. Why don't we ask him what he really meant?


    I have since added to my post after reading his profile.
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    Aug 05, 2014 6:36 PM GMT
    credo said
    Jack_NNJ saidA manufactured crisis.


    Your birth was a manufactured crisis.

    I'd like to punch your father in the nuts for not pulling out in time.


    HAHAHAHA OMG WTF

    NOOO

    BUT LOL!
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    Aug 05, 2014 7:45 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    FRE0 said
    credo said
    Jack_NNJ saidA manufactured crisis.

    Your birth was a manufactured crisis.

    I'd like to punch your father in the nuts for not pulling out in time.

    You are not being fair. He have meant that it is a crisis manufactured by obdurate parents who are more concerned with sticking to their irrational and inappropriate beliefs than they are with the welfare of their own children.

    That's not how his terse comment came across, within the context of the discussion. Why don't we ask him what he really meant?



    We have thousands of homeless kids in SF. I'm sure we will add thousands more from Central America this year. It's ridiculously to try to brand this as a gay thing. Only rich white people think that kids are a precious commodity to be coddled and trust funded. In traditionally economies , kids are treated as cheap labor .Since it is not politically correct to think kids are cheap labor anymore they are gonna end up on the street. The politically correct machine is a falling apart.
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    Aug 06, 2014 2:40 PM GMT
    credo said
    Jack_NNJ saidA manufactured crisis.


    Your birth was a manufactured crisis.

    I'd like to punch your father in the nuts for not pulling out in time.





    havent laughed so hard in a long time this early in the morning... nicely worded.... hats off