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Supporting Gay and TransgenderYouth Most in Need
White House Conference Turns Spotlighton Housing and Homelessness Issues ImpactingGay and Transgender Population
Melissa Dunn and Jeff Krehely March 2012
Te Whie House oday is hosing he LGB Conerence on Housing & Homelessnessin Deroi, Michigan. Te even is held in parnership wih heRuh Ellis Cenerand ishe second in a series o conerences being held across he counry o address he uniqueneeds o gay and ransgender Americans.
Te keynoe speaker a oday’s even is Secreary Shaun Donovan o he U.S.Deparmen o Housing and Urban Developmen. In January, HUD Secreary Donovanspoke a heNaional Gay and Lesbian ask Force’s Creaing Change conerence inBalimore, where he announced his deparmen’s new equal access rule, which will helpreduce housing discriminaion on he basis o sexual orienaion and gender ideniy.oday’s conerence signals he Obama adminisraion’s ongoing commimen o advanc-ing equaliy or gay and ransgender people.Te adminisraion’s parnership wih he Ruh Ellis Cener helps draw much-neededatenion o he huge and pervasive problem o gay and ransgender youh homeless-ness in America. According o repors, beween5 percen and 7 perceno all American youh are gay or ransgender. Tese youh, however, comprise7 percen o 40 perceno all homeless youh in he Unied Saes. Tis dispariy is being driven a leas in par by he ac ha gay and ransgender youh are coming ou a youngerages. As our laws and culure become more inclusive and acceping o gay and ransgenderpeople, many more now come ou in heirearly o mid-eens , when hey are much moredependen on heir amilies and communiies or suppor. Unorunaely, heir amiliesand communiies migh no be able o accep hese youh and migh be unable o givehem he suppor and nurure hey need.
1 In this issue brief the term “gay” is used as an umbrella term for people who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.