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J. PATRICK REDMOND was born and raised in southern Indiana and recently returned to his home state after sixteen years of living in South Florida and teaching for the Miami-Dade County Public School System. Patrick holds a BA in English from Florida International University in Miami and an MFA in creative writing and literature from Stony Brook University in Southampton, New York. He is a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post, and his writing has appeared in the NOH8 Campaign blog, the Southampton Review, and in the Barnes & Noble Review’s Grin & Tonic. He is also the 2012 recipient of the Deborah Hecht Memorial Prize in Fiction. Some Go Hungry is his first novel, and when asked about it, Patrick says, “It’s about God, guns, gays, and green beans.” Additional information is available at jpatrickredmond.com

A Day in Our Shoes – Homeless LGBTQ Youth

40% of all homeless youth identify as LGBTQ – most were kicked to the streets by their own family.

An excerpt from THE ONGOING PLIGHT OF HOMELESS QUEER YOUTH:

Youth homelessness is bad enough on its own but being queer further compounds the difficulties. Devastating statistics like 62% of queer homeless youth attempt suicide only begin to tell the story of the additional hardship endured when compared with their heterosexual counterparts. Queer youth experiencing homelessness are:

  • 3 times more likely to commit suicide, and 8 times more likely due to parental rejection
  • 3 times more likely to turn to prostitution and survival sex
  • 6 times higher incidents of mental health and substance abuse issues
  • 7 times more likely to experience sexual violence at a much higher risk of victimization by rape, robbery and assault

Read more:

THE ONGOING PLIGHT OF HOMELESS QUEER YOUTH

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2 Comments on “A Day in Our Shoes – Homeless LGBTQ Youth”

  1. Shelley Wright Hier April 7, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    MUST you use the word “queer”?

    • J. Patrick Redmond April 7, 2013 at 11:31 am #

      Shelley – Thank you for your question. The video and article are not mine, I only reblogged them here. In order to give proper credit I must use the original titles and author’s name. If you read the article by Cathy Kristofferson she provides a disclaimer on her use of the word.

      There is debate among the LGBTQ community on the use of the word. For instance, many universities offer courses in “Queer Literature Studies” and some activist, such as the authors in the book THE LETTER Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to their Younger Selves, prefer to use the word. The connotation in these instances is not negative, although you and I do associate a negative connotation with the word.

      I agree, it’s a troublesome word for some.

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