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
Open Access
  1. Kassidy Jones
  1. LGBT
  2. homelessness
  3. sexual identity
  4. mental health
  5. risk factors
  6. homophobia
  7. Applied Clinical Psychology
  8. MAACP
License CC BY-ND 4.0 (Attribution-NoDerivatives)
Work Type Masters Culminating Experience
  1. Kamini Grahame
Publication Date May 2020
  1. English
DOI doi:10.26207/azj6-6p25
Geographic Area
  1. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Deposited August 23, 2021




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