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New polling that shows that being gay is now considered "morally acceptable" by a majority of the population is probably of little comfort to the 25 percent of LGBT youth who are kicked out of their homes after coming out, or the 40 percent of homeless youth who identify as LGBT, or the almost 50 percent of LGBT homeless youth who have attempted suicide

The fact remains that it can be very hard to grow up gay in America. Many LGBT youth end up homeless because of violence in the home, but they're hardly safer on the streets. Research shows that LGBT youth who become homeless experience higher rates of sexual abuse and assault, substance abuse and incarceration. 

The need for supportive housing is clear, yet there is a dearth of shelters for LGBT youth. By signing this petition, you'll be sending a message to your representatives in Congress that you value our nation's LGBT youth and they should too.

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Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
New polling that shows that being gay is now considered "morally acceptable" by a majority of the population is probably of little comfort to the 25 percent of LGBT youth who are kicked out of their homes after coming out, or the 40 percent of homeless youth who identify as LGBT, or the almost 50 percent of LGBT homeless youth who have attempted suicide.

The fact remains that it can be very hard to grow up gay in America. Many LGBT youth end up homeless because of violence in the home, but they're hardly safer on the streets. Research shows that LGBT youth who become homeless experience higher rates of sexual abuse and assault, substance abuse and incarceration.

The need for supportive housing is clear, yet there is a dearth of shelters for LGBT youth. Please introduce and/or support legislation to increase funding for shelters for LGBT homeless youth, who are among the most vulnerable populations in the nation.