DOWN AND OUT

How Can LGBTs Get Politicians To Start Caring About Homeless Queer Youth?

Before Carl Siciliano founded the Ali Forney Center in June 2002, New York City had no shelter at all for homeless LGBT youth—every month another person he knew would end up dead, doing sex work or selling drugs on the streets.

But even with Siciliano’s foundation, NYC still has only 250 beds for the estimated 1,150 to 1,500 homeless LGBT kids living without shelter. A Queer Rising rally this last week called for 100 more beds each year until NYC can meet its 3,800 homeless children.

As NPR’s Margot Adler reports, homeless kids don’t have power, money or votes, so “it’s hard to believe they will be at the top of many politicians’ list in future city and state budgets.”

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