EVERY YEAR, an estimated 1.7 million youth experience homelessness. According to data analyzed by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Human Rights Campaign, between 20 and 40 percent of these youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.
One in three of these LGBTQ youth homeless will be turned away from a shelter because of their gender identity/expression. Various studies show the extreme risks they face: 62 percent will attempt suicide, 58 percent will be sexually assaulted and 82 percent suffer at least one mental health problem.
But yeah, let’s focus on marriage for middle class white men. That should be a priority, for sure.