GLBT Youth Need Our Support

GLBTQ youth, are more prone to homeless than their “straight” counterparts. The National Institutes of Health reports, that in Boston alone, this is a growing problem. The average age of these teens, is between 12 to be 24 years old. These young people, are an important part of our community and need our help and protection.

There are so many tragic stories of how these children suffered at the hands of a so-called civilized society. They suffer torment and unbearable bullying from classmate, often leading them to drop out of school.

Often, the abuse stems from family problems, or rejection of their lifestyle. This forces them to flee to a safer environment. Those who find themselves in foster care, are bounced from home to home making it impossible to do well in school.

It is good to know, that there has been an awakening in American society, and realize that support and resources are need if we are to assure a normal life for GLBTQ teens.

GLBT Teens
GLBT Teens

Do you know anyone in the GLBTQ Youth Community?

  • Yes, I do
  • No, I do not
  • I have friends and family members that are GLBTQ
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Vulnerability of GLBTQ youth

GLBT teens, also need our protection. In the past, we have seen these young people subject to teasing, bullying and hate crimes, just because of their sexual orientation. , it is our responsibility to make sure that no child or young person, is mistreated for any reason.

While these teen are on the streets, or homeless, they are vulnerable to abuse, neglect an illegal activities to survive. Homeless GLBTQ youth have found early in life that adults can not be trusted and will form their own family peer structure.

The victimization of these young people, adds to emotional trauma, addiction as well as sexual exploitation.In some cases this homelessness is permanent while there are many cases where these homeless youth return home, or move in with relatives until adulthood.

What they Need

If we are to help these children, early intervention and prevention is the place to begin. They are no longer in the shadows, but are an important part of our society! They are our children, or nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Acceptance is what these young people need and deserve, not mere tolerance. They need to be accepted for who and what they are and that is a part of the human family.

The main thing that can be done is:

  • Provide support, mental - Dealing with mental health issues is extremely important, if they GLBTQ teen are to mature and go on to live a productive life.
  • Prove family counseling - Family counseling brings the family into treatment to work with the immediate or extended family, in the hopes of creating a safe environment where the child can return.
  • Provide health-care - Health-care will address any medical issues the child has stemming from abuse, neglect of sexual exploitation.
  • Addiction recovery - Addiction recovery programs, help with safe detox, recovery and addiction counseling.
  • Provide safe housing - If the child can not or will not return home, help with safe fostering, transitional housing or placement in a stable home with a relative is encouraged.


Resources


The National GLBTQ Youth Foundation - Seeks and funds new solution to support youth and address homophobic discrimination and stigmatization.

The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth - Provide prevention as well an intervention of this community and partners with other agencies in the Miami area to support GLBTQ youth. They also organize education programs to promote understanding and acceptance by the straight community.

Advocates for Youth - Provides support and educational resources on GLBTQ youth.


The Greatest of these is Love

These young people need our love and our support. Each years thousands of these precious children are bullied, assaulted and even killed because they are seen as different or not normal.

These children are our family. They are our children, relatives, friends, classmates. Jesus' greatest judgment was to those who we consider as sinners, but religious hypocrites, who sat in judgement of everyone else.

The so called righteous judged Jesus because he kept company with, wine drinkers, prostitutes and tax collectors. His love drew them to him, because they did not feel hatred or judgement from him. I will leave you with this. I Corinthians 13: Now remain faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love! If you know a LGBTQ youth, allow them to experience God's love coming from you, not our judgement.


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fatuisred 5 years ago from Location is somewhere over the rainbow in Newark,N.J.

it's about 4 in the morning and I am up on my laptop,I came upon this hub of your,I fine it to be very good, thank you for it..the facts are are their are homeless all over the world..and our youth need not to be on the streets. thank you.


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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Thanks Rachelle, I also learned some important things, while writing this hub!


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Rachelle Williams 5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

Excellent Hub! I wish people were writing so positively about these issues when I was a teenager. It is great to see that GLBT teens of today have such strong support - they really need it in the face of all the homophobia that still exists.


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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Brenda the purpose of my hub, was to enlighten people the challenges specifically facing GLBTQ teens. I believe I can do that as a writer, who happens to be a Christian.

Being this is not a 'Christian' hub full of biblical exegesis and the like, I use the term homophobia, which is synonymous with hatred, ignorance, and prejudice.

If you would like to write a hub on the dark side of the GLBTQ lifestyle, feel free, but I believe there is plenty of that out there already. Thanks for taking time to express your feelings.


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janikon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

@brenda durham - um, roughly one and four gay and lesbian and 15% of all bisexual teens are homeless opposed to the 3% of heterosexual teenagers - I really think you are missing the point, homeless teenagers will do anything for money (sexuality aside) but it's the ones who identify as homosexual or lesbian which make up the staggering numbers. Yes, there should be help for all homeless and bullied teenagers (and adults) but there is a higher propensity of bullied gay teenagers - how can there not be with the political and societal stigma surrounding it.

And homophobia wouldn't be in the bible it's a relatively new phenomenon - in the last few hundred or so years - it's the action used to describe the hatred of homosexuals.


Brenda Durham 5 years ago

The reason I'm commenting here is because your hub showed up on my Hubfeed, so I'm assuming I'm a follower of yours; I thought I was, and that's good. But I'm saying I didn't deliberately seek out this hub to argue the points with you. But when I saw it, I knew I should at least try to exhort you to follow the correct teachings of the Bible on this issue, since you've quoted Scripture on it.

And I'm done. I've said my piece and I'm done.


Brenda Durham 5 years ago

And don't even try to tell me about the "special" hazards that supposedly-gay kids are faced with! Homelessness? I know kids who were homeless, living under bridges or wherever they could, who were molested, seduced, abused, you name it, and they didn't claim to be gay. I know kids who were teased, mocked, confused, lonely, rebellious, you name it, who committed suicide, and they weren't "gay". THEY ALL count, each one just as important as the other. Society should've been able to help them ALL. Categorizing immature persons or agging-on their confusion about even what's right or wrong sexually is doing them ALL a huge disservice.


Brenda Durham 5 years ago

Sexuality (sexual desire and/or temptation) of course does begin pre-teen sometimes. But that doesn't mean the person is ready for sexual activity.

Actually, it's much better to wrap your arms around someone who's wrong, and love them, and tell them how the Lord will forgive them of their sins when they repent, and help them overcome their temptations.

Yes I've told a lie before. I've done worse than that before too. By "worse" I mean sins with more far-reaching consequences than a little isolated lie. I have no problem admitting that. But we should never leave out the Scripture that says "...And such WERE some of you". Born-again Christian are "sinners", yes, but with the distinction that we're forgiven, new creatures in Christ, who've admitted their sins and repented.

And will you tell me where the word homophobia is in the Bible, sister? Or even the concept. And no it's not synonymous with hypocrisy, though you seem to want to compare it like that. It isn't in there, is it?

But indeed the concept of admission of abominable sin and the exhortation to warn people about those IS in there!

You think it's okay to advocate that teenagers deal with the temptations of actions that God calls abomination, yet you think they're too fragile to be told the about God's power and judgement?! Wow.


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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Sexuality begins a lot earlier than age 11. Sexuality and same sex attraction can occur in very little children.

Where children fall through the cracks, is when parents do not want to accept that their child may fall into one of the above categories.

Our homophobia keeps young people silent and in the closet. Have you ever told a lie Brenda? Well all liars will have their part in the lake of fire! See how easy it is to condemn people to hell?

My point exactly, is that is easier to judge, than to wrap you arms around someone who you think is wrong, and love them.


Brenda Durham 5 years ago

Why do you separate kids into categories like this? Kids aged 12 and under (and actually more like 15 and under) have no business even thinking about sexual activity, much less being pressured to make a choice between normal sexuality and perversion. Offering a child sympathy for being "homosexual" is, in effect, labeling them with something they aren't even mature enough to understand the motivation of.

And yes it may have been Jesus's Love that drew people to Him, but it was also His power! He spoke Truth to them just like He spoke Truth to the pharisees and everyone else. Your words seem to say He not only tolerated, but condoned, immorality. He did not.


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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

someonewhoknows, thanks for taking time to comment. The Bible does says a lot about sex, it also says a lot about love.


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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Dicaeopolis, rejection and prejudice is very painful. Theseyouth are the future of the this country all of them.


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someonewhoknows 5 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

I've wondered why same sex social issues are not a subject of interest in the bible.Maybe it was there and taken out.The only reference's to sex in the bible that I'm aware of involve Incest,fornication,prostitution and adultry.


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Dicaeopolis 5 years ago from California, USA

What a wonderful hub about a serious and under-appreciated issue. So many LGBT centers for youth are connected to university and college campuses that often sit far away from a large portion of the LGBT population. It's so nice to see someone talking about kids that are often forgotten, and so refreshing to hear it coming from a Christian.


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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Thank you janikon. It is a very important topic. I am glad you feel it is important too!


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janikon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

This was an extremely necessary hub for many people on hubpages, it seems many think to judge first and help if absolutely necessary later. The sexual exploitation and homelessness of our LGBT youth is a serious issue and should be met with the same seriousness as any other political issue. Voted UP. Useful. Beautiful.

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