I’ve just written a non-fiction piece that will be coming out shortly talking about age issues — among other things.
I don’t think it’s reasonable or realistic to expect an 18 or 19 year old in today’s world to be able to make it without the support of family or close friends. Part of the problem with homeless queer youth is that they for the most part aren’t entitled to support after they turn 18, which is when many of them face the initial crisis of family rejection.
At 15, 16, or 17, these kids’ families are required by law to take care of them. If they refuse, the kids are entitled to support from the state.
Older teens are in many ways just as vulnerable, but with fewer resources to call upon.
I’m linking to one small, reputable charity in my non-fiction piece coming out later today, and I’ll be mentioning and linking to a much bigger one later on in the fiction series.
Oh, and also, lest I forget, the Bobby character in the fiction piece is definitely not 18 yet. LT suspects as much, but they’ll be much more coming up about that later.