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Homeless Populations / LGBTQI2-S Youth
Youth who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, or two- spirit (LGBTQI2-S) and homeless may have faced traumatic experiences, like harassment, stigmatization, or abuse as a result of their sexual orientation and/or gender non-conformity. They may become homeless as a result of conflict or abuse in family or foster care situations. In shelters and on the streets they may face further harassment.

It is important for homeless service providers to understand the challenges facing LGBTQI2-S youth. Providers and agencies must strive to provide safe, supportive, and welcoming environments for LGBTQI2-S youth. On this topic page, service providers can access tools such as best practices for serving LGBTQI2-S youth and a tool for assessing an organization’s preparedness for working with this vulnerable youth population.

Selected LGBTQI2-S Youth Resources
+ 3 Learning from the Field: Listening Tour of Programs Serving Youth who are LGBTQI2-S and Experiencing Homelessness (Draft)
Learning from the Field: Expert Panel on Youth who are LGBTQI2-S and Homeless: Summary of Proceedings
+ 1 National Recommended Best Practices for Serving LGBT Homeless Youth
+ 5 HRC Webcast Resources: The First Step is an Open Mind: Best Practices for Working with LGBTQ Youth
On the Streets: The Federal Response to Gay and Transgender Homeless Youth
Getting Down to Basics: Toolkit to Support LGBTQ Youth in Care
CWLA Best Practice Guidelines for Serving LGBT Youth in Out-of-Home Care
Culture and Trauma Brief: Trauma Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning Youth
Family Acceptance in Adolescence and the Health of LGBT Young Adults
+ 1 Transitioning Our Shelters: a Guide To Making Homeless Shelters Safe for Transgender People
+ 1 Practice Brief 1: Providing Services and Supports for Youth who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, or Two-Spirit
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth: An Epidemic of Homelessness
+ 2 Supporting LGBT Youth and Their Families: The Family Acceptance Project
+ 1 A Life-Changing Sign: A Safe Zone for GLBT Youth Brings Hope
+ 1 Family Rejection as a Predictor of Negative Health Outcomes in White and Latino Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young Adults
+ 1 WANTED: Genuinely Nice People Who Care About Youth
LGBTQI2-S: Cultural & Linguistic Competence Related Web Sites
A National Approach to Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Homeless Youth
Challenges Faced by Homeless Sexual Minorities: Comparison of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Homeless Adolescents with Their Heterosexual Counterparts
+ 1 Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Teens Often Homeless: Study
Housing & Mortgages for Gay & Lesbian Couples Guide
+ 2 HRC Webcast Resources: Learning from the Field: Serving LGBTQI2-S Youth Experiencing Homelessness
+ 6 Larkin Street Stories: The Homeless LGBT Experience (Episode 1)
+ 1 Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Homeless Youth: An Eight-City Public Health Perspective
Programs Serving LGBTQI2-S Youth
Sexual Health Risks and Protective Resources in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Homeless Youth
Special Issue: Homelessness and the Transgender Homeless Population
The Kids are Listening: LGBTQ Foster Youth (Video)
+ 1 Why It Matters: Rethinking Victim Assistance for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Victims

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