Sunday, June 13, 2010
Sandra Bernhard to Speak at NYC Rally
RALLY TO PROTECT HOMELESS LGBT YOUTH
MONDAY JUNE 14TH, 6:30PM, UNION SQUARE
Sandra Bernhard and Lt. Dan Choi to speak before thousands at Union Square Rally In Support Of Homeless LGBT Youth
As LGBT youth find the courage to come out of the closet at younger ages, thousands are being rejected by their families and forced out of their homes. Most homeless LGBT youth describe having suffered violence and harassment in their homes due to their sexual orientations and gender identities. As many as 40% of the homeless youth in the United States are LGBT. Homeless LGBT youth are subjected to violence and harassment on the streets and in mainstream youth shelters. They face tremendous risk of HIV infection, drug addiction, and criminalization.
This phenomenon of thousands of LGBT youth being forced from their homes due to homophobia, stripped of economic support, and made to endure homelessness represents the most terrible cruelty and intolerance currently directed at the LGBT community. Any community has an obligation to protect it's youth when they are being hurt and attacked. We call on the LGBT Community to stand up for our youth suffering on the streets, and advocate that they receive the protection and care that all young people need and deserve.
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