• Sampling and measurement matters – how we select and recruit participants, and the items (questions) we use to assess sexual orientation, gender identity and expression - impact the findings and the claims we can make from the data.
  • Data agreements and mechanisms that include collection of data on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression from youth being assisted by homelessness service providers is important. This would help agencies that serve youth experiencing homelessness to understand their clientele and serve as a reliable data source for researchers and policy makers.

Given what empirical research exists, we still need to better understand:

  • Pathways that explain why LGBTQ youth are overrepresented among youth experiencing homelessness. Is it higher rates at entry or barriers to exiting or both?
  • Intersectionality in the context of LGBTQ youth homelessness, given the large numbers of LGBTQ youth who are also racial or ethnic minorities. Given what is known about racial differences in pathways to youth homelessness, it is not likely that LGBTQ issues explain most of what we know about the longstanding linkages between racism, family poverty, and youth homelessness- so how do we explain the simultaneous overrepresentation of racial, sexual, and gender minority youth?


YOUTH COUNT! PIT Results of LGB Youth Experiencing Homelessness [9]