Essay on The Truth About Runaway Teens

1485 Words Nov 6th, 2016 6 Pages
Whether it’s just a youth’s way of trying to hurt their parent’s feelings, threating to run away is no laughing matter. Sometimes it’s not a threat to run away, sometimes they leave unannounced leaving the parent usually with grief, anger, and confusion. Between 1.6-2.8 million youth run away each year in the United States (The Truth About Runaway Teens, 2013). Keep in mind that those numbers are just the numbers of youth running away. Even when a youth runs away, they have to fend for themselves on the streets, which sometimes have some devastating results. In order to stay alive some of them have to resort to robbery, sexual acts, and sometimes death unfortunately. There are plenty of reasons why a child might run away; however, a common issue is their sexual orientation.
Most LGBTQ children don’t run away, but they are forced out of their home by their parents. Some parents can’t accept their child’s sexual orientation. Frustrated or confused parents often let their emotions take charge, and that leads to a homeless child. Twenty percent of the homeless youth are the GLBTQ community (LGBT Homeless, 2012). To prevent this type of run-away the parent needs to come to terms with their child’s sexual orientation. Gay youth homelessness has been an issue since at least the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York, often regarded as triggering the modern gay rights movement, in which many homeless youth participated. Reliable research in this area has been limited, but a survey of…

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