Juvenile Justice Staff, Partners Need Support, Resources to Best Serve LGBTQ Youth

“If someone had just asked, things might have been different,” said Mateo, a closeted, gay, gang-involved teenager in juvenile detention for committing a hate crime against a gay person. Mateo (pseudonym used to protect confidentiality) had committed a robbery at gunpoint outside a gay bar while shouting homophobic slurs at his victim.

Molly Gochman, Currey Cook and Christina Wilson Remlin

LGBTQ Youth Still Suffer From Abuse, Many Barriers: Advocates

NEW YORK — Despite the strides that the LGBTQ community has made in the United States over the last year, LGBTQ youth still have a way to go in having equitable juvenile justice and foster care systems as well as combating homelessness.

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church

Runaway and Cast Off: One LGBT Teen’s Story

Since he was 16, Ivan Cabrera has been spending time at New Alternatives, a drop-in center for 16- to 24-year-olds who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender — and homeless. He goes there almost every Sunday for a free meal, HIV testing and a talk with other clients and caseworkers.

Cabrera calls the people there his family.