Anita May Rosenstein, great-granddaughter of the founder of May Department Stores Co., recently donated an astounding $6.5 million to the Los Angeles LGBT Center to support homeless LGBT youth. The center, founded in 1969, provides health services, housing, education, and advocacy for the LGBT community in the Los Angeles area.
Rosenstein's donation marks the largest amount of money ever donated by a live person to a LGBT center. The center has the goal of raising $25 million dollars to open a new affordable housing facility for 100 LGBT individuals, as well 100 affordable homes for homeless people in the Hollywood area.
Thousands of unaccompanied homeless youths struggle on the streets of Los Angeles every year, many of them LGBT youth. Rosenstein's donation will help the center reach its goal and provide greater access to housing for LGBT youth.
On a national level, the June 2nd LGBT Rally for Homeless Youth will be the launch of the National Campaign for Youth Shelter, a movement to prioritize the protection of homeless youth across the United States. The Ali Forney Center, the nation's largest organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth, is partnering with the National Coalition for the Homeless.
The new campaign aims to demand a national response to the crisis of youth homelessness in the U.S. Despite a staggering 500,000 unaccompanied children and teens experiencing homelessness each year, there are only around 4,000 beds for youths in shelters. And although around 5 percent of the overall youth population in the U.S. identify as LGBT, upwards of 40% of those youths who are homeless are LGBT.
Sign a petition to have your name included on a thank you letter to Anita May Rosenstein for her support in Los Angeles and attend the rally in New York. From coast to coast, action is being taken to help LGBT homeless youth.