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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?

www.40toNoneDay.org   offers great ways to get involved and help spread the word including posting an "Unselfie" like the one of us below. 

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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.

I WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW.... YOU ARE NOT ALONE !

Be sure to visit CHV at the BMO Vancouver Marathon and Runners Expo

Covenant House is once again pleased to be a part of this year’s BMO Vancouver Marathon taking place on Sunday May 1st.  BMO’s Run4Hope is the charity program for the marathon; Covenant House is one of this year’s community charities.

If you or someone you know is participating in the marathon, half marathon, 8K run, kids run, or relay run, let them know that Covenant House is part of the fun again this year!  We will have volunteers supporting the event on race day and an information table at the Runner’s Expo at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre West on April 28th, 29th, and 30th.

Participants, families, and friends can make a donation to Covenant House via the BMO Vancouver Marathon website – simply click on the Run4Hope link on the main page and click “Official and Community Charities”. Scroll and choose Covenant House Vancouver and click the ‘Make a Donation’ link.  Thank you for your support and we hope to see you there!

If you have any questions please contact Jen Moric at: 604-639-8923

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