Factors To LGBT Homelessness

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According to (Ream, 2014) between 240,000 and 400,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth experience at least one episode of homelessness each year in the United States. Homeless advocates estimate that young LGBT people make up between 20 to 40 percent of the overall homeless youth population. That’s around 400,000 kids, some as young as 13 or 14. Family rejection and abuse in the family are contributing factors to LGBT homelessness. A growing number of LGBT adolescents run away from home or are thrown out of their homes each year because of conflict with their parents about their sexual orientation (Ream, 2014). LGBT homeless youth often face trauma, discrimination in foster cares and shelters, structural barriers to existing

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