Preventing, reducing and ending LGBTQ2S youth homelessness requires specialized responses and targeted strategies
The experience of homelessness is different for LGBTQ2S youth compared to heterosexual and cisgender youth for various reasons, including high rates of social stigma, and homophobic and transphobic violence on the streets and at shelters and support services. LGBTQ2S youth are particularly vulnerable to mental health difficulties, and face an increased risk of physical and sexual exploitation, substance use and suicide. Transgender youth also have needs that are distinct from those of lesbian, gay and bisexual youth.
The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness has just published a new book, “Where am I going to go? Intersectional approaches to ending LGBTQ2S youth homelessness in Canada & the U.S.". This book is the first academic text focusing on LGBTQ2S youth homelessness through an intersectional lens. It is available for free at homelesshub.ca/WhereAmIGoingToGo and is also available to purchase as a paperback.
In the book, you will find some of the latest research related to LGBTQ2S youth homelessness, as well as case studies of innovative program models that are working alongside LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness in Canada and the U.S. You will also have the opportunity to learn from several young people who have contributed to this book.
We hope that this book helps to inform the development of LGBTQ2S-inclusive and affirming systems and service provision at the community, regional and national levels.
Have something to add? We encourage you to share your thoughts on the book below!
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