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The homeless youth population suffers from high rates of depression, mental health issues, and suicidal ideation. For LGBTQ homeless youths, however, the cycle of rejection leads to their experiencing worse outcomes. Indeed, when compared with other homeless youths, LGBTQ homeless youths are more likely to experience poor mental health, more likely to exhibit risky sexual behavior and use drugs, more likely to use survival sex and sex trade strategies for coping with their situation, and more likely to be HIV positive. 

The homeless youth population suffers from high rates of depression, mental health issues, and suicidal ideation. For LGBTQ homeless youths, however, the cycle of rejection leads to their experiencing worse outcomes. Indeed, when compared with other homeless youths, LGBTQ homeless youths are more likely to experience poor mental health, more likely to exhibit risky sexual behavior and use drugs, more likely to use survival sex and sex trade strategies for coping with their situation, and more likely to be HIV positive. 

LGBTQ homeless youths face two formidable barriers: they must work to overcome their homelessness and simultaneously deal with stigma, discrimination, and mistreatment due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.  We all want to live, we all want respect, we all want dignity.

LGBTQ homeless youths face two formidable barriers: they must work to overcome their homelessness and simultaneously deal with stigma, discrimination, and mistreatment due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.  We all want to live, we all want respect, we all want dignity.