Helping Homeless LGBTQ Youth

CDS is working with PFLAG (Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) to address the over representation of youth on the streets who identify themselves as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning).  Some studies show that up to 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ!  CDS participated in the Summer Summit that focused on LGBTQ homelessness held on Saturday, August 17, at UF and is exploring ways in which CDS/Interface Youth Shelters can help this population stay safe – either through staying at the shelter and/or by helping to resolve conflicts/unacceptance issues at home.  Click to see the Gainesville Sun article published on Sunday, 8/18/13.