Like marriage, justice for homeless LGBT youth is about love and commitment


54 percent of homeless youth in Philadelphia identify as LGBTQ.

This is the most recent statistic from Philadelphia's Point in Time Count from July 2015. This number is staggering when we consider that LGBTQ youth account for only 5 percent to 7 percent of the nationwide youth population. Why such a stark overrepresentation? National statistics indicate that family rejection is the No. 1 cause of LGBTQ youth homelessness. Upon coming out to their families, 26 percent of LGBTQ youth will face violence. Another 30 percent will be forced out by their family.

...In a time of overwhelming support for marriage equality, why do such extraordinary challenges persist?