National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice Involvement and Youth Homelessness: Serving LGBTQ Youth

Authors: 
Coalition for Juvenile Justice
Year Published: 2018
Type: 
Brief
Number of Pages: 
5
Abstract: 

This brief discusses the population of young people experiencing homelessness who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and gender non-conforming (LGBTQ/GNC). An estimated 20 to 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBTQ/GNC. This population is also disproportionally more likely to be involved with the juvenile justice system. The results of one survey of seven juvenile facilities reveal that 20 percent of the detainees identified as LGBTQ/GNC, which is about two to three times higher than the average youth population. LGBTQ/GNC youth also have higher arrest and detainment rates for status and nonviolent offenses. The Coalition for Juvenile Justice emphasizes the need to develop transition planning and re-entry services for LGBTQ/GNC youth who are exiting the juvenile justice system. This brief provides a list of recommendations to help stakeholders address the unique needs of this youth population.

Availability: 
6/2018 - COR instructed us not to publish this record. Available for free download on the Coalition for Juvenile Justice website at: http://www.juvjustice.org/sites/default/files/ckfinder/files/LGBTQ%20youth%20report%20Final.pdf