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One week until Sleep Out: Mothers Edition

Never underestimate the power of a mother’s love. On May 5th we are challenging mothers to Sleep Out for one night, united in the spirit of motherhood, to show homeless youth that they are not alone. With only a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard, participants will get a small glimpse of what it’s like to “sleep” on the street.

It’s not about pretending to be homeless. It’s about showing young people that they are worthy of unconditional love and absolute respect, and proving that we care enough about them to be uncomfortable for one night; to be vulnerable, so they can be safe.

“Sleepers” will also interact with some of our youth currently staying with us and those who have stayed with us in the past. They will hear their personal stories of how they found their way to our doors and how their lives have changed since. Youth will also have the opportunity to ask the participants why they support Covenant House and why they are Sleeping Out.

Every dollar raised through the Sleep Out: Mothers Edition will help our Outreach Team connect with youth who are living on the streets and in need of immediate care. Follow us on social media using the #CHSleepOut and be part of the discussion.

Click here to learn more and support our Vancouver participants.

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Today is #40toNoneDay a day dedicated to ending LGBT Youth Homelessness

#40toNoneDay is a national day focused on raising awareness about LGBT youth homelessness. While there are many factors that contribute to LGBT youth homelessness, identity-based family rejection is the most commonly cited reason. Our goal is to ultimately reduce the disproportionate percentage from 40% to none. And, in order to do that, we need people to know that this issue exists and that everyone has a part to play in ending it!

It’s a statistic that may shock you, but that doesn’t make it any less true: Approximately 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), while about 7% of the general youth population does the same. The discrepancy is outrageous. And it’s impossible to ignore.

All of us have the ability to make an impact in the movement to end LGBT youth homelessness. The opportunity is yours. Will you take it?   offers great ways to get involved and help spread the word including posting an "Unselfie" like the one of us below. 


Gay... What does it really mean?

Merriam-Webster tells us it is...

1a:  happily excited : merry <in a gay mood>
b:    keenly alive and exuberant : having or inducing high spirits <a bird's gay spring song>
2a:  bright, lively <gay sunny meadows>
b:    brilliant in color
3a:  given to social pleasures; also : licentious
4a:  homosexual <gay men>
b:    of, relating to, or used by homosexuals <the gay rights movement> <a gay bar>

For me, the meaning of being of gay is being real and honest. Knowing who you really are as a person.

I "came-out" when I was in High School around grade 11. I went to school where there were a lot of closed-minded people. They really didn't have the tools to act or respond to a gay person.
I was bullied all through those years, but there were a few people who stood by me and as a result, became very good friends. They understood my choice to "come-out" as a gay person.

For me, I said to myself "Why hide the real me ?". "Why please the people that weren't important?"

That's what I did. Dealing with homophobia everyday of my life was very challenging and sad, at times. But I surrounded myself with positive, loving, caring people.

There are two ways to go about homophobia. Either you drown yourself with tears and suicidal thoughts or you try to understand them and enlighten their ignorance. For me, I didn't feel like I had to kill myself because of their fears. That would only reinforce their behaviour towards me.

I prayed every night to God to just get me through high school and give me strength to go on, so someday I could try to educate other people who were in my position.

I use my high school experience daily, to be a strong individual. To understand and to be a better person. Back then, there weren't many resources around. Now, let's take advantage of the resources that we have, so that we can prevent the feeling of despair that I experienced.


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