The Rise Of A Homeless Community

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What is a homeless person? Society in 2017 has a negative view on the homeless community, and an even more negative view on the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) homeless community. Look away, look down, don’t look, this is the thought people have when seeing the homeless community. “Seven different studies of homeless youth in the U.S. have concluded that approximately 20 percent of homeless youth are LGBTQ. This is disproportionately high when compared to the 10 percent of LGBTQ youth in the general population” (National Alliance to End Homelessness). The statistics are beyond alarming, for LGBT homeless teens the rise is increasing every year. Teens are being kicked out of their homes to be left on the streets to fend for themselves.…show more content…
They are seen as having insignificant work effort which is why people see them as lazy. Yet, people do not realize the other reasons as to someone being homeless. For example, LGBT homeless teens are not kicked out because of their choice, but because they were not accepted for who they are in their own homes. In 2010, American Progress published an article ‘Gay and Transgender Youth Homelessness by the Numbers’ that states that 14 is the average age that lesbian and gay youth become homeless in New York. This means that before these teens even reach high school they are kicked out of their homes and forced to live on the streets. So they are left without a home, so they have to rely on the homeless shelters. “LGBT youth are also more likely to be sexually assaulted on the streets and in shelters. In fact, in one study, 58 percent of lesbian, gay, or bisexual homeless youth reported having been sexually victimized, compared with 33 percent of heterosexual homeless youth”( Rew, L., Whittaker). Many religious based shelters also do not accept LGBT people so they are left feeling disregarded by their family, community, and the shelters. If a homeless shelter does not accept the teen, then they are forced to join gangs or even prostitution to make the money the need to be able to have daily living things. Once in the gangs or prostitution the teens have no way out, and can turn to violence or…show more content…
“Homophobia: the fear of and prejudice toward homosexuality, is present in every facet of life: the family, organized religion, the workplace, official polices and the mass media” (Schaefer, 379). Homophobia is the reason why families do not want to have homosexual teens. The book also states how even though homophobia has been decreasing, many people still express their homophobic feelings that the homosexual lifestyle is unacceptable (Schaefer, 379). Even in the home of adolescents their parents were raised in a generation were being gay was viewed as wrong. This ideology leaves families to discard their own children because they themselves fear the “repercussions” of having a homosexual teen. Unfortunately, these teens are abandoned and feel unwanted beyond comprehension. Since the LGBT adolescents are coming out at younger ages, it means that more children will be forced to leave their homes and live out on the streets. There is a national shortage of facilities to house LGBT youth. LGBT teens need a safe environment were they can be themselves and feel safe and secure. Even though efforts have been made to help these teens, in order to prevent the homelessness of the LGBT teens the community, families, and schools need to create more efforts to include them and help
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