Takeaways

  • LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness are incredibly resilient. An embodiment of that resilience is through the creation of their own families.
  • Respect youths’ definitions of family, and who they consider family in the same ways you would respect the chosen names and pronouns of any youth
  • Queer kinship networks, and created families in all of their diverse forms are frequently a primary source of support for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.
  • Queer families take many forms. Some, but not all mirror "traditional" family structures. Talk with youth about what their queer families mean to them.

Data

Young adults reported that they feel more comfortable talking with their chosen family about sex and sexuality [1]

 

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