Posted by Melanie Nathan, Feb 02, 2015.
Washington, D.C. — Youth homelessness in America is nearing epidemic levels, and the problem among the transgender community is disproportionately acute. At least one in five transgender young people have experienced homelessness, and many of them have encountered discrimination, harassment, and abuse in shelters and other services meant to serve as safe spaces when there is nowhere else to go.
The Center for American Progress released a report today that outlines the unique difficulties that homeless transgender young people face, including housing, employment, and education discrimination; inadequate health and social services; and family rejection that can trap youth in a cycle of homelessness. The report also analyzes state, local, and federal policies that are inadequately serving transgender homeless youth and makes recommendations for improvements.
“Transgender young people who are homeless face significant challenges to their health, safety, and well-being—and these disparities often begin before…
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