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Supporting Homeless Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth
Toolkits | September 19, 2012
This is an excerpt from the Supporting Homeless Transgender and and Gender Nonconforming Youth Toolkit. To download the entire resource, please use the link above.
Supporting Homeless Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth
Transgender homeless youth have unique experiences and trajectories into homelessness that require solutions that are equally accessible and inclusive. One of the ways this can be achieved is through improving cultural competency to meet their needs. Many transgender youth are forced to leave home, and sometimes their communities, because they are not accepted by their families and support systems. Transgender youth may have fewer people to turn to in a time of crisis and therefore become homeless and at-risk of exposure to exploitation on the streets.
When homeless, these vulnerable youth face difficulties if providers are not educated and trained to give them non-discriminatory support services, or when they are placed in unsafe and isolating shelter situations, or are not housed with peers that are congruent to their gender identity.