May 30, 2024

Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Homeless Youth: An Eight-City Public Health Perspective

James M. Van Leeuwen; Susan Boyle; Stacy Salomonsen-Sautel; D Nico Baker; J.T. Garcia; Allison Hoffman and Christian J. Hopfer

This article reports on results of a one-day public health survey conducted in six states by homeless youth providers to measure and compare risk factors between lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) homeless youth and non-LGB homeless youth. This article intends to inform the child welfare field on existing gaps in services and areas where more training and technical
support is necessary in providing services to homeless LGB youth. The findings point to substantial differences within the homeless youth sample and demonstrate that in addition to the public health risks young people face merely by being homeless, the risks are exacerbated for those who self-identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. The article informs child welfare providers and policymakers about the substantial vulnerability of LGB youth beyond that of non-LGB homeless youth and the need to fund programming, training, technical assistance and further research to specifically respond to the complex needs of this population.

Full Article