National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Responding to the Needs of LSBTQ2S Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Abramovich, A.
Year Published: 2018
Book Chapter
Book Title: 
Mental Health and Addiction Interventions for Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Practical Strategies for Front-line Providers
Book Author(s)/Editor(s): 
Kidd, S.
Slesnick, N.
Frederick, T.
Karabanow, J.
Gaetz, S.
Toronto, Canada: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Press

This book chapter discusses homelessness among LGBTQ2S youth and specific issues they face along with the implications for intervention and treatment. LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness are a diverse population of young people with intersecting identities. Intersectionality impacts their lives and mental health because they are frequently subjected to multiple forms of discrimination and marginalization, such as homophobia, transphobia, and racism, making it difficult to access housing, support, and healthcare services. The chapter focuses on solutions and implications for practice and provides concrete intervention components and implementation considerations. It is intended to support practitioners in creating safe, inclusive, affirming, and LGBTQ2S-competent programs and services. 

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