The plight of homeless LGBT youth in New York City and around the country is apalling. Thousands of LGBT youth are currently living on the streets because they were rejected and abandoned by their family and friends. They suffer from hunger, lack of housing, lack of medical care, and the physical vulnerabilities of sleeping on trains or park benches.
Carl Siciliano, Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center, details the plight of these youth in New York City with his article “Homeless for the Holidays: Portraits of New York City’s Homeless LGBT Youth,” published in the Huffington Post.
In the article, Siciliano writes: “Both Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg have sent the distressing message that these kids do not have any right to be sheltered, with the governor having cut New York State support for youth shelter beds by 50 percent in the last year, and the mayor having repeatedly attempted to cut youth shelter funds in half, as well. How fitting that these kids, whose desperate conditions speak so profoundly of unjust economic priorities, so frequently found refuge with the Occupy Wall Street movement when they could not find a shelter bed.”
See the photos of youth in need and read Siciliano’s article here.