It’s a tragic fact that across the United States, a hugely disproportionate percentage of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ.

My friend Fred Shirley, a young gay man living in southern England, first made me aware of this by pointing out a similar trend in the UK.

The rates of LGBTQ youth suicide attempts are also alarmingly high, far higher than among straight/cis youth.

Thanks for your excellent article highlighting the problem in San Francisco.

It’s easy for some of us in progressive circles to imagine that homophobia and transphobia are on the way out. It’s vital that we understand that discrimination and bigotry are real, serious problems still for LGBTQ people everywhere, and most especially for our vulnerable youth.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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