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STUDY: 40 Percent Of Homeless Youth Are LGBT, Family Rejection Is Leading Cause

It has previously been estimated that as many as 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT, and a new Williams Institute study of youth shelters confirms this estimate. Between October 2011 and March 2012, 354 agencies completed surveys about their clients and found that about 40 percent of their homeless and non-homeless clients were LGBT (9 percent of whom identified as bisexual). About 30 percent of clients using housing-related services (like emergency shelter and transitional living programs) were LGBT.

ThinkProgress
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July 12, 2012

The New York Times Highlights Harms of Stop and Frisk on LGBT People of Color

On Sunday, several thousand demonstrators participated in a silent march down Fifth Avenue to protest the New York Police Department’s 'Stop-and-Frisk' policy, which affects countless LGBT People of Color in the city. GLAAD spokesperson and community organizer Chris Bilal shares story with the Times about his experience of being targeted because of his identity.

The New York Times
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June 19, 2012
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A Father, a Son and a Fighting Chance

As this Father’s Day approached, all I could think about was how much I want my son to experience the joys of being a father, how much I want him to marry the person he loves and to raise a family. For now, he is still waiting, and fighting. I see how much the struggle costs him, how discouraging it is that despite his strength and patience and faith in the system, the ultimate decision rests in the hands of those who have yet to act.

New York Times
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June 16, 2012
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Evangelical Chrisitan Mom Shares Loving Story of Lesbian Daughter

Shari Johnson is a proud mom, and rightfully so. Her daughter Cholene is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, the second woman to fly the U-2 spy plane, and was a captain for a commercial airline. But Johnson admits to the Washington Post that she was not prepared embrace her 37-year old daughter coming out a few years ago. At that time, being gay and being the perfect daughter were mutually exclusive. She writes, “In my experience, ‘gay pride’ was not on the acceptable list of parental bragging rights.”

New GLAAD Videos Show LGBT Movement, Civil Rights Movement, and Labor Movement United in Growing National Campaign Against Stop and Frisk

New York, New York—Today, GLAAD, the leading national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, released videos of LGBT leaders, civil rights leaders, and labor leaders discussing the negative impact of the stop and frisk policy at the historic Stonewall Inn, in order to mobilize these movements for a Father’s Day march that will advance a shared agenda of equality and justice.

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