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  1. Dec 2017
    1. Trevor provides valuable resources to young people nationwide who may not have anywhere else to turn to for help

      This project seems like such a great resource. I've heard the suicide rate among LGBT individuals is unusually high. Again we have people telling them who they are and who they love is wrong so they grow this horrid self image and develop many mental health issues. Having a project such as this that actively works to correct the horrible things people have said to these people is beautiful. These people are not alone and there are actually many people out there who want to help and save their lives. To help some accept themselves and to move forward and have a good life.

    1. “How horrible it is that kids are made to experience such brutal abuse, just for being who they are.”

      This statement is so true. No one with these two choices would choose to be LGBT. No one chooses to be LGBT who would choose to be discriminated on and possibly abandoned by their families. It is so sad to hear of all these kids having the same horrible experience just because they were born a certain way. There's just this misconception that there is a choice that allows these parents to justify to themselves that this is the right things for these kids. In reality however they are trying to force them to change who they are which is something no person can change even with a lifetime of trying.

    2. 40 percent – or 1,500 – identify as LGBT

      That statistic is really scary when you think about it. A majority of those LGBT youth as apposed to non-lgbt youth became homeless because of who they are rather than unfortunate scenarios. That is 1500 families in NYC who would rather throw their child on the street then house an LGBT child. I wish people could be more accepting. Additionally generally NYC is more accepting so I can only imagine this statistic in other locations.

    1. Overall, they reported the physical and mental health of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness are worse than that of non-LGBTQ youth

      Again here these individuals are being told they are unloved by their families often for "choosing to be a certain way. As a result not only are they being abandoned, but also that their identity and sexuality is a lie. There is already a huge struggle for these individuals to accept themselves in a hetero-normative world. There lacks representation, resources, and in this case support at home. They can't control who they are and with nearly everything telling them it is wrong to be who they are of course they will have mental struggles as a result. This is an extremely traumatic event and they are being taught they don't matter and their feelings and thoughts are wrong.

    2. Half of all teens get a negative reaction from their parents when they come out to them. More than 1 in 4 are thrown out of their homes

      That is a huge amount of people. I remember my sister who worked as a social worker for a home for youth told me there are many parents who refuse to take their kids back when they find out they are LGBT. She said she spent many counselling sessions trying to open the parents' eyes that this wasn't a bad thing and trying to teach them how harmful their behavior was. She told me that many parents never came to terms so when the child ran out of the allotted time at the home they often became homeless which is so heartbreaking.