Today is a step in the right direction in the fight for equality for all. Societies inability to accept all human beings as equals has far reaching affects that may not always seem so obvious at first glance. While there are many factors for homeless teens (AKA missing teens), their are some direct correlations between societies acceptance and a child's future. Here are some realities these children face.
Did you know that:
- Between 20 and 40 percent of homeless youth identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning (LGBTQ) and often times leave home for the simple, but sad and unfair fact that their sexuality is not accepted.
- LGBTQ youth, once homeless, are at higher risk for victimization, mental health problems, and unsafe sexual practices.
- 58.7% of LGBTQ homeless youth have been sexually victimized compared to 33.4% of heterosexual homeless youth.
- LGBTQ youth are roughly 7.4 times more likely to experience acts of sexual violence than heterosexual homeless youth.
- LGBTQ homeless youth commit suicide at higher rates (62%) than heterosexual homeless youth (29%).
Today's Supreme Court ruling wont change these numbers overnight, but to all the LGBTQ runaway and throwaway children on the streets, it may serve as a beacon of hope for a better tomorrow.
Child Quest International (CQI) works to find all missing children, and LGBTQ children deserve to be supported like any other missing child. Through advocacy, education, and support, CQI is working to connect homeless and runaway children with the resources they need to be successful in life. If you or someone you know is a missing (LGBTQ or not) child/teen looking for help, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are not here to judge, we just want to help.
Statistics Provided by National Coalition for the Homeless
Written by Anthony Gonzalez for Child Quest International
Art by Obey Giant