Pennsylvania: City Hall Recognizes LGBT Homeless Youth
November 18, 2011
A coalition of agencies and advocates fighting HIV among young people gathered Tuesday at Philadelphia City Hall to raise awareness about the epidemic of homelessness among LGBT youths. According to Connect to Protect (C2P), whose Housing Committee hosted the briefing, an estimated one in five homeless youth in the city identify as LGBT.
"Along with losing their home, their community, their friends, and their routines, as well as a sense of stability, many homeless young people are victims of trauma," said Gloria Casarez, the city's director of LGBT affairs. "While trying to survive on the streets, youth are exposed to countless dangers with increasing likelihood of substance abuse, early parenting or depression."
Philadelphia Gay News
11.17.2011; Jen Colletta
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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