LGBT2S Toolkit: Making it Better Now for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness

The young people with whom we work, as well as research, has been consistently telling us that as a sector and as a community we need to improve the experiences of LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness. As a community, we know that homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia are prevalent in our systems: families, education, health care, faith, employment, justice, to mention only a handful.

The goal of this Toolkit is help staff and organizations become better allies of LGBTQ2S youth. In order to do this, we need to create welcoming and affirming spaces for LGBTQ2S youth. Before we can create welcoming and affirming spaces we need to understand the current context of what our spaces are like for LGBTQ2S youth. Following this, we need to ask young people how our processes need to be revised to make our spaces safe, comfortable, supportive, and respective for youth. Staff need accessible training to improve our practice. Organizations need access to tools that will assist with the development of policies, forms, signage, etc. With this foundation of knowledge, training, and resources; we can become better allies for LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness.

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