What becomes of at-risk gay youths?
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Published in: November-December 2005 issue.


BY ALL ACCOUNTS gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youths comprise a disproportionate number of at-risk youths across the U.S. They are substantially more likely than are straight youths to experience homelessness, whether because they run away or because they’re forced to leave home by their families. They’re more likely to attempt suicide and more likely to commit truancy or to drop out of high school altogether to avoid an intolerable situation.

While exact numbers are often hard to come by, studies going back to the 1980’s have generally found that between 25 and forty percent of homeless and runaway youths are GLBT-identified

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