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Remember Our Homeless LGBTQ Youth this Holiday Season

Remember Our Homeless LGBTQ Youth this Holiday Season

The holiday season is a difficult time of year for many. Too often we see the glitz and glamour that this holiday brings, totally missing its spiritual message.The underlying message in celebrating the season is the full embrace of human difference and diversity. 

I truly believe if Americans- Christians and non-Christians, alike - stayed more focused on the message and teachings of this holiday season, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer  (LGBTQ)  youth and young adults would not have the annual angst of searching for home for the holidays.

Although Christmas is mostly thought of in terms of feasting and celebrating, Jesus’s, birth—like his death—was born of struggle, and that struggle was to be fully accepted. Similarly, when I think of the birth of Jesus, one of the themes that looms large for me is LGBTQ youth and young adult homelessness.

Why homelessness? 

Because many of us do not really have a home to go to where we can sit at the family table and be fully out—or if out, fully accepted. As with Mary and Joseph during the time of Jesus’ birth, many of us travel from inn-to-inn to only find there is no room.

"I'm Queer. I'm Homeless. I'm Hungry. I'm Scared. I’m Tired,” was the ad one year by New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth asking the American  public to give the gift of  $10 during the holiday season to help their homeless.

"Every night, thousands of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender youth and young adults are homeless in New York City. Whether they have been kicked out by homophobic families, forced to flee conservative communities, aged out of foster care, or come from families torn apart by poverty, AIDS, drug abuse or eviction, these youth sleep in the City’s parks, on the subway, and in public facilities such as Port Authority and Penn Station,”  New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth website reminded us.

While homelessness of teen and youth populations are often attributed to family neglect, family tragedy, poverty, AIDS, drug abuse, eviction, or being aged out of foster care, our LGBTQ teen and youth populations that are homeless are, first and foremost, if not solely, because of their sexual orientation. And sadly, it sends a message that these homes rather have no child than a queer child.

According to a 2011 study from Boston’s Children’s Hospital, published online on the “American Journal of Public Health” website it stated that when it