As many as 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ, the majority have experienced family rejection and abuse because of their sexual orientation.
Twenty- to 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ, while only 4-10% of the overall youth population identify as LGBTQ.
Without acceptance of family and friends and forced to life on the streets, this population faces extreme risk for violence and and risk of HIV/AIDS.
LGBTQ homeless youth need services that build support, achieve education and employment goals, exit homelessness, and build independent households.
Some risks—emotional distress and poor mental health, substance abuse and sexual risk behavior, and relationships— were frequent among LGBTQ youth.