Takeaways

  • Use language that does not reduce youth to one aspect of their existence – their housing status. Replace the phrase “homeless youth” with “youth experiencing homelessness.”
  • Be mindful that young people are hearing the messages you use when discussing them – in your local media, to recruit donors, and on your website.
  • Craft intervention strategies that take into account the varied reasons LGBTQ youth experience homelessness.
  • Find ways to build upon the strengths of LGBTQ youth – in programs and in public facing campaigns.