Study Finds Alarming Number of Gay Teens Are Homeless | News
According to the article:
“These teens face enormous risks and all types of obstacles to succeeding in school and are in need of a great deal of assistance,” said Heather Corliss, whose findings show for the first time the magnitude of the homeless gay youth population. Corliss said these are "much higher numbers than we'd expect" given that gay youth are a minority.
Less than 5% of the more than 6,000 high school students surveyed identified themselves as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. But those students accounted for 19% of the homeless. Among straight students, 3.2% were homeless.
“This suggests that they may be more likely to be mistreated or rejected by their families and more likely to leave home,” Corliss concludes.
Because the research was done only in Massachusetts, where gay marriage is legal and where researchers believe homosexuality might be more accepted, they warn it's possible that the rate of homelessness is actually higher in other parts of the country.
Having experienced this myself (except for having to be homeless), I can say that the problem is much bigger than this article proposes. I adopted a young boy while in a 15 year relationship and it was the best experience I could have gone through. While it ended the 15 yr. relationship, saving one soul from the hatred and emotional pressure of being "tossed out" was well worth the loss. Adopt or help out!