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Tuesday, December 6 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
An Examination Of Queer Homeless Youth And The Organizations That Serve Them

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A concerning trend has risen in the social realm of homelessness. There is a steady increase in the number of LGBT-identifying homeless youth on the streets. According to the Williams Institute, forty percent of American homeless youth served by agencies identify as queer. In contrast, according to the Center for American Progress ten to twenty percent of American youth identify as queer in the general population, so this overrepresentation of LGBT+ youth living on the street is quite apparent. Parents and legal guardians are displacing queer youth from their homes and these youth are being forced to survive independent of stable role models or structured support systems. This paper focuses on the efforts of the nonprofit organizations Time Out Youth in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Youth OutRight in Asheville, North Carolina. By conducting four interviews with people in leadership in various queer oriented organizations across the South and analyzing the commonalities between the organizations, and identifying the gaps in assistance that still exist, this paper demonstrates the need for more research and action surrounding this issue. Interviews with these professionals who work with queer youth show that there is an overrepresentation of LGBT-identified youth on the streets and that there must be more specialized shelters and assistance available for these youth. This project addresses the question: does educating the community through the efforts of nonprofit organizations lead to the creation of safer spaces for queer homeless youth?


Tuesday December 6, 2016 2:20pm - 2:40pm PST
237 Zageir Hall

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