Create 20 Safe Beds for Homeless LGBT Youth
  • Petitioned Councilmember Vincent Orange

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Councilmember Vincent Orange
Chairperson Phil Mendelson
Councilmember Muriel Browser
Council Chair Phil Mendelson
Councilmember David Catania
Councilmember Michael Brown
Councilmember Jim Graham
Councilmember Tommy Wells
Councilmember Yvette Alexander
Councilmember Marion Barry
Councilmember Mary Cheh

Create 20 Safe Beds for Homeless LGBT Youth

    1. Petition by

      DC Center for the LGBT Community

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June 2013

Victory

From Petition Organizer: Friends, Pleased to share with you that there is $500,000 in the DC Budget for this year and $1 million in the budget next year for emergency housing for LGBT Youth. You all did this. Thank you! This money will go to the best-qualified youth serving agency that puts together the strongest grant proposal. See the article at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2013/06/03/washington-dc-mayor-vincent-gray-says-lgbt-groups-could-qualify-for-100k-city-grants-at-pride-week-town-hall-gay-news/

Our nation's capital possesses a strong and vibrant LGBT community, which has come together time and time again to work for our rights and well-being.

However, some of the most vulnerable members of our community face violence, sexual assault, and harrassment in our own shelters every day because of who they are.

A study by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force showed that up to 40% of homeless teenagers nationwide are LGBT, and the District of Columbia is failing to protect them.

There are currently only eight beds in the District that are meant for LGBT young people, at the Wanda Alston House, which has a wait-list of 20 homeless youth.

“For us to have one house with eight beds is putting a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound,” said director Brian Watson in a recent Metro Weekly article. “We tell them you can be independent and to accept who you are, and there is that chance their parents may put them out. We're not providing a lot of places for LGBT youth to go.”

The District itself provides no LGBT-specific beds, and LGBT teens in District shelters suffer from abuse and harassment. Many young people choose to sleep on the street rather than face a night in a shelter.

Join us in asking the District of Columbia to provide 20 beds that are safe for LGBT teens.

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    1. Victory

      Friends,

      Pleased to share with you that there is $500,000 in the DC Budget for this year and $1 million in the budget next year for emergency housing for LGBT Youth. You all did this. Thank you! This money will go to the best-qualified youth serving agency that puts together the strongest grant proposal.

      See the article at:
      http://www.washingtonblade.com/2013/06/03/washington-dc-mayor-vincent-gray-says-lgbt-groups-could-qualify-for-100k-city-grants-at-pride-week-town-hall-gay-news/

    2. Reached 750 signatures

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    • Robert Luong CENTREVILLE, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      (Please Read The Following) Our God, Is a loving all knowing God, who never gives anyone to much they can handle, and sometimes he needs a little help to do is work. I want to remember that God loves you, and will always accept for who you are, no matter what, and will forever love you.

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    • Olivia Persons WASHINGTON, DC
      • almost 2 years ago

      This cause is important not only to me but to the youth who have no place to go. The passing of this petition will demonstrate our progress toward a better society. Please DC, set the example for our nation.

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    • Cazayja Walker BALTIMORE, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I someone I am in love with is going through the same thing.

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    • Walter Parrish ALEXANDRIA, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Inclusion is necessary

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    • Brendon Flowers BURTONSVILLE, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      Everyone should have a safe bed to sleep in regardless of gender, wealth, race or sexuality.

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