Oikia Nashville: Project Homeless Connect 2012
According to the National Coalition for the Homeless:
- 20% of homeless youth are LGBT. In comparison, the general youth population is only 10% LGBT.
- While homeless youth typically experience severe family conflict as the primary reason for their homelessness, LGBT youth are twice as likely to experience sexual abuse before the age of 12.
- LGBT youth, once homeless, are at higher risk for victimization, mental health problems, and unsafe sexual practices. 58.7% of LGBT homeless youth have been sexually victimized compared to 33.4% of heterosexual homeless youth
- LGBT youth are roughly 7.4 times more likely to experience acts of sexual violence than heterosexual homeless youth
- LGBT homeless youth commit suicide at higher rates (62%) than heterosexual homeless youth (29%)
These stats show us the scale of this ugly reality in our world. But people are not stats. They are human beings that we need to wrap our arms around, pull in close to our hearts and love as much as we possibly can.
That’s why we do Project Homeless Connect here in Nashville. To love on people by removing their barriers to housing. The LGBT population is one of the hardest affected by homelessness, and this is a cause very dear to our hearts. I’m asking you to step out on a limb and dedicate one full day to helping the homeless in Nashville.
Will you please join me in volunteering at Project Homeless Connect 2012. Click here to sign up or for more information you can visit www.thekeyalliance.org/phc.