Family Acceptance as one Solution to LGBT Youth Homelessness

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Solutions Brief | September 7, 2012

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Family Acceptance as one Solution to LGBT Youth Homelessness

Many youth report their family’s rejection of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity as a factor leading to homelessness. While the scope of this issue is unknown, helping families accept their youth can strengthen families while decreasing the risk of negative outcomes. The Family Acceptance Project (FAP) is a community research, intervention, education and policy initiative designed to help diverse families decrease rejection and increase support for their LGBT children.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals are believed to make up 5-7 percent of the total American population, but studies show that LGBT youth make up anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of all youth experiencing homelessness. The studies tend to use different methods and recruit varying populations, so it is impossible to pinpoint more precise numbers. At a minimum, this population is overrepresented amongst youth experiencing homelessness, but we are unable to develop extensive strategies without consistent, reliable data identifying the full scope of the problem.