Every once in a while I like to turn the focus and attention toward serious matters affecting our amazing community of brothers and sisters in need. I received a wonderful email from a sweet girl names Janessa Dayan who works with a truly giving group called Goodshop and Goodsearch. Their company motto is “You Shop. You Save. We Give.” I’ve placed the entire press release here for you to read through. I hope you take the time to check these organizations out.
Happy Gay Pride Month!
Did you know 40% of homeless youth in America identify as LGBTQ? People who identify as LGBTQ face serious social repercussions at early ages and know the feeling of rejection and abandonment all too well. As a result, they are often left with no other choice but to leave home with the sense of feeling unwanted. No one should ever have to feel such hate, depression, or suicidal thoughts, especially at a young age. LGBTQ homeless youth need to know they are not alone and, thankfully, there are people willing to help.
GLAAD, The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, is a strong media outlet that advocates for the LGBTQ community and helps share their stories. Other non-profits like The Larkin Street Youth Project supports LGBTQ homeless youth in the Bay Area by providing a safe haven, but also by offering many programs to teach them about school, work, and overall confidence, so they can prepare themselves for a better life. Similarly, The National Coalition for the Homeless, offers special resources to LGBTQ homeless individuals by helping them push through the adversities they face.
The two biggest things homeless LGBTQ youth need are love and support, which are things that many of us with families who love us take for granted. Having a support system makes a person feel like they’re not alone, but always knowing that you have a support system especially in lonesome times is what can make a big difference. Let’s give these youth a second chance of living a successful life. With the right programs and resources, LGBTQ homeless youth will be able to get on track and see what the world has to offer.
If you would like to support any of the organizations mentioned above, you can through Goodshop. Select the nonprofit you would like to support to raise donations with your online shopping. There are thousands of online merchants they partner with like Expedia, Nike, and Target, Go shopping while being charitable. It’s a true win-win!
There are some incredible organizations working to change this. GLSEN provides support to youth in schools, GLAAD shares their stories, and Larkin Street Youth Services is a shelter for LGBTQ homeless youth in the Bay Area that provides a plethora of services to them.