11 Oct
2012
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National Coming Out Day and the issue of LGBT homelessness

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” — Harvey Fierstein

Today is National Coming Out Day, an internationally observed civil rights day celebrating those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Founded by Rob Eichberg, it aims to promote a safe world for LGBT individuals to live truthfully and openly.

My friend Mitchell articulated it best: “I am so lucky to have the family and friends I do have, but I know so many who aren’t as lucky as me. Today, we celebrate for them because they have to jump the highest hurdles.”

In that same vein, Social Work License Map has produced a terrific resource for a related issue not often talked about: LGBT homelessness. While 1.7 million adolescents experience at least one episode of homelessness a year, between 20 and 40 percent of that population identify as LGBT.

And while we still have a long way to go in terms of equal rights for all, several homelessness nonprofits, federal agencies and LGBT advocacy organizations, such as the Human Rights Campaign, are working together to provide solutions. For resources on coming out to your family and friends, or for those who wish to become a straight ally, click here.

Preventing the Tragedy of LGBT Youth Homelessness

Via Social Work License Map and [email protected]

 Disclosure: [email protected] is a 2U partner program.