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Cyndi Lauper on Ending LGBT Youth Homelessness

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The article didn't really address how homeless gay and transgender youth are being left behind other homeless youth. It just states that there are many many organizations helping homeless youth. Do they actually turn away gay and trans youth?

Bonnie

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"Do they actually turn away gay and trans youth?" -Bonnie

Apparently, this does actually happen. I think there are at least two threads scattered about discussing this very thing. Situations range from:

..................Shelter staff not trained in the needs of gay and trans youth

..................Shelter staff who harbour intolerance for gay and trans youth

..................Shelter staff who actually deny gay and trans youth access to shelter because of perceived orientation or identity

..................Other shelter occupants bullying gay and trans youth

..................Overall shelter atmospheres not conducive to gay and trans youth feeling safe or protected

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