Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, gender non-binary and two spirited youth are over represented in the homeless community. We strongly believe all youth deserve unconditional love and absolute respect and LGBTQ2S+ youth are no exception.
- 25-40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ2S+
- Family rejection is the most common cause of LGBTQ2S+ youth homelessness
- LGBTQ2S+ youth are much more likely to struggle with mental health concerns, including suicide
Covenant House takes a trauma-informed, resilience-focused approach to accompanying the youth in our care. Our program staff participate in specialized training to ensure staff have the necessary knowledge and awareness to create a welcoming* space for LGBTQ2S+ youth.
* We recognize that safety is relative, and we cannot always predict or anticipate what is safe for everyone. We do our best to create an environment where youth feel comfortable, welcome and supported.