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New study reveals epidemic of homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth

Date: 
January 29, 2007

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20% to 40% of homeless youth in U.S. identify as LGBT — a startlingly disproportionate rate relative to the general population

National Audio Press Conference
Tuesday, January 30, 12:30PM EST; 9:30AM Pacific
Call-in number: 866.409.1555 Code: 9473854
Download a copy of the report

What:
Audio Press Conference
Release of report:Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth: An epidemic of homelessness by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Coalition for the Homeless

Who:
Matt Foreman, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Personal testimony from LGBT homeless youth
Nicholas Ray,
Study Author, Policy Analyst, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Michael Stoops,
Executive Director, National Coalition for the Homeless
Service providers:
Theresa Nolan, Green Chimneys, New York, N.Y.
Grace McClelland, Ruth Ellis Center, Detroit, Mich.
Colby Berger, Waltham House, Waltham, Mass.
Mary Jo Callen, Ozone House, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Media Availability:
Additional spokespeople around the nation available for interview.

When:
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
12:30–1:30 p.m. EST
Call in at 12:25 p.m.; 9:30 a.m. Pacific

Where:
Call-in number: 866.409.1555, Code 9473854

Why:
There is an epidemic of homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in the United States. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the number of homeless and runaway youth ranges from 575,000 to 1.6 million per year. And, according to the National Runaway Switchboard in conjunction with other study sources, 20 to 40 percent identify as LGBT — putting LGBT youth homelessness at a startlingly disproportionate rate relative to the general population.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, in collaboration with the National Coalition for the Homeless, will release a new report titled Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth: An epidemic of homelessness, which reveals the causes and consequences of this crisis. The report also makes significant public policy recommendations and challenges public officials and social service providers nationwide to fully meet the needs of these vulnerable young people.

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