Tell Gov. Cuomo: Don't Abandon LGBT Homeless Youth
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Tell Gov. Cuomo: Don't Abandon LGBT Homeless Youth

    1. Michael Jones
    2. Petition by

      Michael Jones

      Boston, MA

 

There's a crisis in New York State at the moment, with Governor Andrew Cuomo potentially set to approve funding cuts that would eliminate all financial support for youth shelter beds in the state budget. The consequences of this action -- for homeless teenagers and young adults at large in the state, but particularly for kids who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender -- could be catastrophic.

As the Ali Forney Center notes in an urgent appeal, each night there are upwards of 1,000 LGBT kids and young adults left homeless on the streets of New York City without a shelter bed. Under the proposed cuts put forward by Gov. Cuomo's administration, the availability of shelter beds for this population will drastically decrease even further, cutting the number of available shelter beds by practically one-third. 

This move could have a devastating impact on homeless children and young folks. Statistics show that homeless youth, if left on the streets, are at higher risk for drug use, suicide, depression, and public health concerns like HIV/AIDS. Is Gov. Cuomo prepared to live with these consequences? 

Send the Cuomo administration an urgent message that cutting youth shelter beds is the wrong way to deal with a state budget crisis, and will only exacerbate an already epic problem of homelessness among young adult populations in New York. Throwing kids back on the streets during a time of need is no way to solve a budget problem -- financially or morally. 

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      The Nation looks at the devastating cuts that Gov. Cuomo is considering making to human services, including youth homelessness programs -

    2. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Blogger Zack Ford interviews Carl Siciliano, the Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center, to talk about the epidemic of LGBT youth homelessness -

    3. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      According to the Ali Forney Center, Gov. Cuomo's proposed budget cuts would 34% of all shelter beds for homeless youth. We can't let that happen. Let's keep up the momentum on this and push Gov. Cuomo to restore funding for homeless youth services in his budget.

    4. Reached 20 signatures
    5. Gov. Cuomo: Don't Throw Homeless Gay Kids Out On the Street

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has only been in office a few months, but he seems poised to do the unthinkable: tell thousands of homeless kids in the state that they deserve to be thrown out on the streets, so that the governor can give tax breaks to...

    6. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Gov. Cuomo's budget cuts will drastically impact homeless youth in the state -

    7. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      An open letter to Gov. Cuomo from Carl Siciliano, Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center, an LGBT homeless youth shelter in NYC -

    8. Reached 17 signatures
    9. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Saving homeless youth shelter beds down to the wire -

    10. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Ithaca Journal: "Don't Penalize Youth Who Need Our Help" -

    11. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Cuomo Budget Proposal Would Eliminate 34% of Shelter Beds for Homeless Youth in NYC; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Youth Disproportionately Harmed --

    12. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      State Assembly and State Senate take a look at Cuomo's proposed budget cuts to youth homeless services -

    13. Governor Cuomo Set to Abandon Homeless Kids in New York?

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Here's a startling statistic: each night in New York City, there are about 3,000 kids and young adults who are homeless on the streets. Now here's a statistic that's even more startling: there are roughly about 108 beds available for these youth on...

    14. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Albany Times Union says vulnerable youth deserve more support from the Cuomo administration -

    15. Reached 15 signatures
    16. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Carl Siciliano, Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center, writes a guest post at Joe.My.God about the pending budget cuts facing youth homeless services in New York -

    17. Homeless Youth Jamie and Juan Struggle to Find Shelter

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      High school is often a challenging time for LGBT young adults. Many are just coming out of the closet, and many face bullying or teasing from their peers. Others are struggling to fit in, hoping that they won't be ostracized. High schoolers sometimes...

    18. Reached 12 signatures
    19. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      covers the dire situation facing LGBT homeless kids if Gov. Cuomo moves forward with budget cuts slashing funding for youth homeless services -

    20. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Thank you for helping us hit 6,000! We've got to keep the pressure up. Please consider sharing this action with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

    21. Reached 6 signatures
    22. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Check out The Advocate's coverage of the pending budget cuts to homeless youth services in New York -

    23. Reached 5 signatures
    24. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Dear Governor Cuomo: Put youth first when developing state budget -

    25. Reached 4 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • ZENA MURPHY BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Mistreatment of children is wrong no matter their LGBT statue, or gender (identity), or race, etc... They are still OUR future.

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    • Michael Roszak SCRANTON, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      Please do not abandon these these children, probably the greatest at risk population (in their age range), to the savagery of life on the streets. They are subject to attack by thugs, their johns (most,at some point have NO CHOICE but to sell their only asset [their youthful bodies] to feed themselves or have a place to stay for ONE night), and even their own families, as they are rejected and ejected from what should have been a loving but possibly confused parental situation. The fortunate survive and hopefully heal (to whatever degree possible), the unfortunate are irreparably scarred, the truly despondent take their lives. Lastly, there are the victims of vicious attacks left dead, dying, or so physically and/or mentally harmed that they are but shells of what they had been.

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    • Whitney Wilson NEW YORK, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Governor Cuomo,

      I am a best friend of Nicole Kesson Farkas, daughter of Andrew Farkas. And we all know you too are good friends. I recently discovered I am bisexual, and there is nothing more important to me right now than standing up for gay rights. I am a person like you, who loves, assuming you love. These homeless children love. And for that they were kicked out of their houses. You NEED to help these children, because all they ever did was love. Dig deep into your heart, find your love, and do NOT abandon the LGBT Homeless Youth.

      -Whitney Leigh Wilson

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      • over 3 years ago

      youth are the future if yu dnt want to educateand build the minds of the many damaged youth means yu dnt care about the present enough to invest in the future..we'll see how yu feel when parolee's have phd's

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    • anthony guy SCARSDALE, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      I think this is the best thing to keep going with. Right now I don't live at home because I have family issues and part of it is because imp gay. That shouldn’t make a difference. Like lady gaga said...”No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life I'm on the right track, baby I was born to survive"....we were all born to survive!

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