5 ways to support #TrueColorsDay to end LGBTQ youth homelessness

On Wednesday, April 25, the True Colors Fund will spearhead #TrueColorsDay; a national day to raise public awareness about LGBTQ youth facing homelessness and provide supporters with simple ways to make a difference. True Colors Fund reports that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ) young people are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than non-LGBTQ youth. While many factors contribute to LGBTQ youth homelessness, the most common reason is that LGBTQ youth are rejected from their families because of who they are. In fact, 20% of all homeless young people are bisexual.

True Colors Fund, an organization working to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth by creating systemic change through advocacy, training & education, and youth collaboration programs, says of the issue:

"People often think that, because they don’t work at a shelter or service provider, they don’t have a role to play in the effort to end lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth homelessness. The reality is: Everyone can make a difference! To end LGBTQ youth homelessness, we need to understand the issue and the ways in which we can all play a role in ending it."

While homelessness is a major issue that impacts many aspects of young LGBTQ people's lives, here are five ways you can join GLAAD & True Colors Fund in supporting #TrueColorsDay (formerly #40toNoneDay) to chip away at the epidemic:

1. Learn about LGBTQ young people's experiences with homelessness!


True Colors Fund will be hosting a series of live, online conversations about what everyday people are doing to end LGBTQ youth homelessness. Tune in and find out how you can help make a sustainable difference for young LGBTQ people! In the meantime, you can read up on some of the ways homeless impacts LGBTQ young people, the unique ways LGBTQ youth experience homelessness, and what kind of resources can help.


2. Join the Thunderclap!


Our voices are louder when we speak out together. Thunderclap allows a single message to be mass-shared so that it rises above the typical noise of a person's social networks. It only takes 30 seconds to join in and makes a huge impact by spreading the word about #TrueColorsDay and why its important! You and your friends can help True Colors reach their goal of a 500-person Thunderclap with the click of a button. GLAAD's already signed up, have you?


3. Pledge your support!


Take and share the pledge to raise awareness on #TrueColorsDay, stay informed on LGBTQ youth homelessness, and let True Colors Fund know what you're doing to make a difference. You can take the pledge here, and learn more here.


4. Post an “unselfie” on April 25!


Spread the word about #TrueColorsDay by snapping a photo with an “unselfie” signs and sharing it online on April 25 with the hashtag #TrueColorsDay to flood the Internet with awareness about the issue and show the world that everyone can make a difference. Download your unselfie sign at www.TrueColorsDay.org.

5. Sign up your organization!


Whether you're working full time to end LGBTQ youth homelessness or just want to show that your organization cares – let your True Colors shine! Sign up now to become a partner organization for #TrueColorsDay.

GLAAD is proud to participate in #TrueColorsDay as a partner organization encourage our supporters to take action in the spirit of the Together movement. The Together movement, represented by the "&" symbol, calls for vulnerable communities to work together to create a more inclusive culture and achieve collective liberation.

You can learn more about #TrueColorsDay here and about the Together Movement here.