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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