Homeless, Not Helpless: LGBTQ+ and Living Life on the Streets
Many youth that self-disclose their sexual identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+) to their friends and family are at risk for becoming homeless. For most of these LGBTQ+ youth, living on the streets or in shelters could be their only option. Marginalized and vulnerable populations may experience mental health issues, abuse, victimization, suicidal ideations, and a multitude of other risk factors and consequences. Homophobia is the main factor that contributes to the issue of homelessness. Much of the current data analyzes the risk factors that LGBTQ+ youth face as a result of being homeless. Examining these social systems through an ecological lens will help better understand the impact that each level has on someone’s sexual identity and how LGBTQ+ youth become homeless. The goal of this literature review is to add to the preexisting knowledge concerning LGBTQ+ homeless youth and the risk factors that they may face and to suggest what might be done to best assist them.
|Work Title||Homeless, Not Helpless: LGBTQ+ and Living Life on the Streets|
|License||CC BY-ND 4.0 (Attribution-NoDerivatives)|
|Work Type||Masters Culminating Experience|
|Publication Date||May 2020|
|Deposited||August 23, 2021|
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