With all the horror stories of our LGBT community dealing with homelessness in shelters especially for transgender & gender nonconforming youth the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has released a new rule that requires shelters to respect the gender identity of transgender & gender non-conforming homeless people. Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán, Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project Director, National LGBTQ Task Force stated, “This new HUD rule is an important step towards protecting the marginalized of the marginalized — who are the most defenseless from discrimination — homeless trans & gender nonconforming people. We know that trans & gender nonconforming people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, are disproportionately people of color & people with disabilities & trans & gender nonconforming youth are especially vulnerable as they often are being forced to flee abusive families. By taking this action, HUD is sending the message to shelters & service providers that discrimination against the trans & gender nonconforming community is against U.S. Federal law.” Last April I participated in a conference call with The National LGBTQ Task Force & the True Colors Fund announcing a new tool for individuals & communities working to support LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. “At The Intersections” is the new online resource written by 47 contributors that provides a comprehensive guide for advocates, policymakers, service providers & funders working to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth. In this country up to 40 percent of young people experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ although they represent less than 10 percent of the general youth population. LISTEN
For More Info: attheintersections.org
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