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Exploring Provider Experiences Serving LGBTQ Runaway and Homeless Youth | Administration for Children and Families

Research suggests that young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning their sexuality (LGBTQ) face a disproportionate risk of homelessness. Available data on youth homelessness are limited and not nationally representative, but studies of homeless youth served by individual providers or in local areas have found that up to one-third identify themselves as LGBTQ. Several studies have also found that homeless LGBTQ youth may be more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to experience victimization, engage in high-risk sexual behaviors, and have poor mental health. Although these studies are not representative of the entire homeless youth population, considered together, they suggest that LGBTQ homeless youth are at high risk of poor outcomes.

 

Exploring Provider Experiences Serving LGBTQ Runaway and Homeless Youth | Administration for Children and Families.

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