News Type: Youth

LGBT Youth Are 120% More Likely to be Homeless Than Straight People, Study Shows

LGBT youth are 120 percent more likely to experience homelessness than their heterosexual and cisgendered peers, according to a study released Thuursday.

There are about 1.6 million homeless youth in the U.S., and they disproportionately identify as LGBT individuals. Less than ten percent of young people identify as LGBT, but over 40 percent of homeless youth do, the study from Chapin Hill found.

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New Report on Youth Homeless Affirms that LGBTQ Youth Disproportionately Experience Homelessness

Today, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago released a new report on youth homelessness, Missed Opportunities: National Estimates, which found that LGBTQ young adults had a 120 percent higher risk of reporting homelessness compared to youth who identified as heterosexual and cisgender. The report also found that one in 30 youth ages 13-17 experienced a form of homelessness over a 12-month period and one in 10 young adults ages 18-25 experienced a form of homelessness over a 12-month period.

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LGBT & Health Disparities

Young black sexual minority men are often underrepresented in behavioral research on the basis of concerns about safety, privacy, and confidentiality due to sexual identity or stigmatized sexual behaviors. However, little is known about sexual minority adolescents’ experiences of participating in research.

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