From the National Alliance to End Homelessness
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth are overrepresented
in the homeless population. Research indicates that each year, hundreds
of thousands of LGBT youth will experience homelessness. LGBT youth
are not only overrepresented in homeless youth populations, but reports
indicate that while living on the streets, LGBT youth are at great risk
of physical and sexual exploitation. Unfortunately, many LGBT homeless
youth resort to trading sex to meet their basic needs. Further, just
trying to survive in street environments or with transitory and unstable
housing can increase mental health problems and disabilities.
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