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Homelessness

All around the world, LGBTI people are disproportionately affected by homelessness. Even here in the United States, 40% of homeless youth in America are LGBTI. From being kicked out of their homes after coming out, to discriminatory practices in housing and employment, there are many factors that lead LGBTI people to higher levels of homelessness. And with nowhere to turn, countless LGBTI people end up on the streets. Once they are out of their homes, LGBT youth are at a greater risk for victimization, unsafe sexual practices, and mental health issues.

Meet the Activist

Meet Jaevion: an LGBTI activist from Jamaica. Javion has been working to change the narrative on LGBTI rights in Jamaica for the past five years. Jamaica is known for its high levels of LGBTI homeless youth, and Jaevion is working tirelessly to change the systems that keep them there. Here's his story.

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A Closer Look

Click and drag the slider function below to see how criminalization affects the LGBTI communities in different countries.

Jamaica

A disproportionate amount of LGBTI Jamaicans are homeless.

USA

40% of homeless youth in America are LGBTI.

More About Jamaica

Due to particularly negative attitudes towards the LGBTI community in Jamaica, many LGBTI Jamaicans are kicked out of their homes and forced to live on the streets.

Mob and vigilante violence is common towards LGBTI Jamaicans, especially to those in lower socioeconomic classes and those living and working on the streets.

Nicknamed “gullies,” entire communities of LGBTI people live on the streets and in the sewers across Jamaica.

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Homophobia is rampant in Jamaican culture, and LGBT youth are often disowned by their parents. With no other place to go, many turn to the sewers.
Amongst all the upheaval, maintaining the daily rituals of life is important, though the environment in which they take place has changed so dramatically.
Constant verbal attacks, threats of physical violence, and the discomfort of sewer life make sleep difficult.

More About USA

LGBTI youth in America represents up to 40% all young people experiencing homelessness. Considering that LGBT youth represent an estimated 7% of the total youth population, these numbers are disproportionately high.

Family conflict is the most common cause of all youth homelessness. In the United States, half of all teens get a negative reaction from their parents when they come out to them and more than 1 in 4 are thrown out of their homes.

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A man walks with a cart of recyclable bottles and cans along a street during a wet snowfall in New York on March 4, 2016.
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