August 20, 2009

The Sad Truth About Homeless Queer Youth

You MUST read this Toronto Star article here. It is very unfortunate, but queer youth are disproportionately likely to get harassed at shelters. We need sensitivity training for shelter workers and perhaps some shelters that specialize in assisting queer youth. Street kids are already marginalized as it is, but add a queer-identity and what they are facing often becomes even more unbearable. What I couldn't f-ing believe in this article, however, was Covenant House forcing a transgendered women to sleep in the men's dormitory at one point. Why does assistance to people in genuine need have to be so bloody conditional sometimes?

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