Right off the bat, these young people are presented with an uneven playing field. Family conflict is the most common cause of all youth homelessness. For LGBTQ youth in particular, the conflict tends to be over their sexual orientation or gender identity. According to service providers, additional reasons include aging out of the foster care system, poverty, and conflict in the home.
LGBT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender individuals face a particular set of challenges, both in becoming homeless as well as when they are trying to avoid homelessness. Frequently, homeless LGBT persons have great difficulty finding shelters that accept and respect them. LGBT individuals experiencing homelessness are often at a heightened risk of violence, abuse, and exploitation compared with their heterosexual peers. Transgender people are particularly at physical risk due to a lack of acceptance and are often turned away from shelters; in some cases signs have been posted barring their entrance. The most frequently cited factor contributing to LGBT homelessness was family rejection based on sexual orientation and gender identity, with the second most common reason of being forced out by their parents after coming out, according to the Williams Institute , UCLA School of Law, et al.
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