Transgender people can be straight, gay, lesbian or bisexual. Q stands for questioning – someone who is questioning their sexual and/or gender orientation. Sometimes, the Q stands for “queer,” a term reclaimed by some LGBTs for political reasons.
A startling percentage of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. What are the facts, and how can these children find help?
610,042 Estimated number of homeless individuals in 2013 (1)
46,924 Number of homeless youth (1)
National homeless rate in the U.S. is 19 homeless persons per 10,000 people. (1)
42% – of LGBTQ youth who say the community in which they live is not accepting (2) LGBTQ youth are twice as likely as their peers to say they’ve been physically assaulted at school. (2)
26% – of LGBTQ youth who say one of their biggest problem is not being accepted by their family (2)
40% – Percentage of homeless youth who are LGBTQ (3)
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