Homeless LGBT Youth: A Day In Our Shoes (VIDEO)


A new short documentary by In the Life Media highlights the critical issue of LGBT teen homelessness in New York.

Called “A Day in Our Shoes” the documentary aims to raise awareness of the fact that there are an estimated 3,800 homeless youth in New York City alone and of them about 1,500 identify as LGBT. As previously highlighted at Care2, budget cuts of around 50% have put in jeopardy the vital facilities homeless shelters provide in the state.

Reports suggest that LGBT youth comprise around 40% of the homeless youth population of New York City and according to a 2007 census commissioned by the New York City Council over 1,000 LGBT youth are without shelter every night. Many LGBT youths without shelter are forced to resort to prostitution in order to survive, and approximately 20% become HIV infected. Homeless LGBT youths are also at extraordinary risk of suicide, with 62% admitting to having considered or attempted suicide.

New York’s administration in fact reduced funding for homeless youth this year by 50%, bringing the total money available for homeless youth shelters to $2.35 million. According to recent estimates there needs to be at least an additional $3 million in funding for runaway and homeless youth shelters.

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Bettina C.
Bettina C.1 years ago

This is ridiculous why are these funds not used to create "permanent solutions" in the form of functioning communities for homeless people, give them the space , give them the funds , let them build their own shelters and homes (maybe even alternative forms ie hobbit houses etc) and let them grow food there so they can be self sustaining .... why has no one thought of doing such a project yet?????There must be enough derelict space available ...

Lawrence Travers
Lawrence Travers1 years ago

The NEW Mayor better see that he shelters ALL homeless youth at night or be branded a complete hypocrite. 50% funding cut?
Impose a "privilege" tax on the Wall St. 1%ers sucking up City resources without paying taxes, i.e. "legally" manipulating the tax code. ...... It has been decades since "law" was "justice" !

Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo1 years ago

I can't comprehend kicking a child out for any reason. This is heartbreaking! We have taken in a number of our son's friends over the years when their parents kicked them out. We have to change our society, and demand for our government to support our homeless youth! Thank you for the news.

Marianne Good
Past Member 2 years ago


Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Robert Moseley
Robert Moseley2 years ago

All of our innocent homeless kids regardless of their sexual behavior deserve to be protected. Those people who are sexual predators of our young even if they young adults are guilty of rape!

Sarah S.
Sarah S.2 years ago

The really sad part is, that many of these children have actually grown up in shelters. It is the only life they know. I too volunteered at a shelter (for over 2 years) and while the corruption and waste is absolutely disgusting, it is very sad to see how many teenagers keep coming back with their mothers, who keep having more children when they are not able to care for the ones they have. Once the teenager is 18, they are tossed in with adult population even if the mother and siblings are in the family section. Very few caseworkers are actually competent enough to do their job and help these kids.

lucille bostwick
lucille b.2 years ago

What did the shelter do with the $2.35 million they received already? And why do they need an additional $3 Million? My guess is that most of the money is being spent on salaries and other things. And whatever is left is spent on the shelters for these homeless kids. Since the government can't control these programs then maybe the tax payers should. Once these shelters are opened nobody keeps a eye on them. More room for fraud and that is the problem. I have volunteered at a few homeless shelters. I didn't like what I was seeing at a few. Like volunteers and staff taking home doggie bags. Disgraceful! Here I was trying to help people in need and they were getting ripped off. When I confronted the thieves I was asked to leave and never was asked back. Nobody should be homeless in America. Just like some people should not be parents either. But, we need to stop blaming all parents of homeless kids. Because not all homeless kids have bad parents. Some of these kids need to take responsibility for their own actions. Like get help with their problems.

cassandra Yinger
cassandra Yinger2 years ago

Khat, lebian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (going through sex change) Sometimes a "Q" is added at the end, meaning questioning. Thanks for asking and caring. Too many teens are thrown out by their families. No one deserves live homeless or be descriminated against, especially youth, our prescious future.

Khat B.
Khat Baker3 years ago

What does LGBT stand for?