Date: April 26th, 2016
By: Kelly Connelly
It’s a statistic that may shock you: Approximately 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), while about 7% of the general youth population does the same. The discrepancy is outrageous. And it’s impossible to ignore.
On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, Healthy Teen Network will be joining people across the country–including local service providers, national advocacy organizations, elected officials, celebrities, LGBT youth, and community members–for the second annual #40toNoneDay.
#40toNoneDay is a national day focused on raising awareness about LGBT youth homelessness. While identity-based family rejection is the most commonly cited reason, there are many factors that contribute to LGBT youth homelessness. The goal is to ultimately reduce the disproportionate percentage from 40% to none. And, in order to do that, we need people to know that this issue exists and that everyone has a part to play in ending it!
All of us have the ability to make an impact in the movement to end LGBT youth homelessness. The opportunity is yours. Will you take it?
Get involved at www.40toNoneDay.org.
About the Author
Healthy Teen Network Senior Marketing and Communications Manager Kelly Connelly, BA, is a graphic designer, photographer, and videographer, and she is experienced at developing skills-building workshops and programs, for professionals as well as youth.