Charity says more support is needed for homeless LGBTQ young people
Research by the charity Porchlight and the University of Kent has found that better support is needed for young people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning in youth homelessness projects.
It’s been revealed that 30% of homeless young people in the UK could be LGBTQ however there is little specialist housing provision for this group. In their report, Porchligh discusses the numerous reasons for LGBTQ youth homelessness and makes a number of recommendations as to how housing providers can support this vulnerable and stigmatised group, reports 24dash.
The report also highlights the need for staff to be trained in LGBTQ monitoring.
“Talking openly about sexual orientation or gender identity and challenging homophobic language – for example, ‘that’s so gay’ – and abusive behaviour can make a huge difference in terms of the environment we provide and whether young people feel safe within our services,” says Carin.
“Displaying information such as posters and leaflets indicates that it is an LGBTQ-friendly space where people can be themselves without fear of stigmatisation. Making homeless LGBTQ youth visible to housing and homelessness providers, and to the general public, is the first step in making a difference for a group that, so far, has been neglected and overlooked.”
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