Section Overview

Though no single narrative can capture the varied lives of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness, certain narratives are more commonly discussed than others. A more nuanced understanding is needed in order to inform the creation of effective systems and programs that will meet the needs of the diverse population of LGBTQ young people experiencing homelessness. This section takes us deeper. Authors examine the connectedness between racism and LGBTQ youth homelessness, the impact of immigration on LGBTQ young people, and the systemic barriers faced by transgender and gender expansive youth experiencing homelessness. Contributors also offer suggestions for changing the narrative, authentically engaging youth, and shifting the stigma often associated with housing instability and homelessness.