Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Homeless LGBT Teens

On this page is a link to a 2007 report that estimates between 20 and 40% of homeless teens are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). Many are simply kicked out of their homes after coming out. Others are abused so badly they leave. I saw this report because of an Alternet article on homophobia in the Bible belt.

It is important to bring items like this forward. It is one thing to believe that your religion is against homosexuality. But it must be recognized how severely abused many kids are for being LGBT. Given the suicide rates of LGBT teens, and these abuse statistics, homophobia kills and it maims. Those are the stakes in the culture war over homosexuality.

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