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Fri Aug 14, 2015, 05:31 AM

City Council, please seriously address Philly’s LGBT homeless youth problem

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Over half of the homeless youth in Philadelphia are LGBT.

City Council, please seriously address Philly’s LGBT homeless youth problem

Fifty four percent – that is the most recent data of homeless youth who identified as LGBTQ in Philadelphia in the spring, according to data the Valley Youth House released on Wednesday.

The rate was 43 percent in January, and their new summer figures that are slated to arrive on Aug. 19 don’t look promising. So why are over half of the homeless youth in our liberal city LGBT?

For all of the rainbow flags and Gayborhood fervor that has masked this city, something’s been forgotten and neglected – the rest of the LGBT movement.

LGBT endorsed local politicians such as Jim Kenny, Kenyatta Johnson, Blondell Reynolds Brown, Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and Bill Greenlee, who are applauded for their support for marriage equality and inclusion – but that has now become low-hanging fruit after the SCOTUS marriage decision.

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