One of the major things that I wanted to do for this blog was to put together a list of resources for LGBT youth experiencing housing insecurity, this task has turned out to be much more difficult than I ever anticipated and the fact that this information isn’t readily available could be detrimental to LGBT youth who are experiencing homelessness. Despite the rate of LGBT youth who are homeless, there remains a severe lack of resources that are accepting and understanding of LGBT youth and what it means to be a sexual minority. The most striking part of my research has been the fact that I have had an extremely difficult time finding a list of local resources for LGBT homeless youth. As part of his research for his master’s thesis, I. Alex Abramovich asked participants which Toronto youth homelessness resources they considered to be welcoming and safe for LGBT individuals.
- Participants said that Toronto based SHOUT clinic was accepting of LGBT individuals and that they found it to be a welcoming environment that was understanding of LGBT needs.
- CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) has a “Rainbow Service” program which offers counseling and rehabilitation services specifically geared for LGBTQ individuals and is staffed by LGBTQ staff members and straight workers who are educated in the needs and issues of LGBT individuals.
- Toronto based SOY (Support Our Youth) is an organization that offers services specifically for LGBT youth.
- The LGBT youth line may also be a useful resource for LGBT youth experiencing crisis. They are a toll free hotline with staff that can provide youth with advice and resources to meet their specific issues. The hotline can be contacted at 1-800-268-9688