LGBTQ2S+ Youth - Covenant House Vancouver

LGBTQ2S+ Youth

We strongly believe all youth deserve unconditional love and absolute respect and LGBTQ2S+ youth are no exception.

Covenant House Vancouver strives to be a safe and inclusive space for all youth

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.

In 2014, Covenant House International collaborated with the True Colors Fund to roll out a pioneering resource, the True Inclusion Assessment. The assessment was designed by the True Colors Fund to help agencies implement best practices to welcome and serve LGBTQ youth. The tool measures the inclusivity of an agency’s policies, practices, physical space, and programs, using information gleaned from anonymous surveys of youth and staff.

Based on the assessment’s outcome, the True Colors Fund then guides the agency through the necessary steps to create a more LGBTQ inclusive and affirming program and environment. The True Colors Fund applied the True Inclusion Assessment at Covenant House sites across the United States and Canada including here in Vancouver.

The True Inclusion Assessment led Covenant House Vancouver to launch our Rainbow Advisory Committee. Covenant House Vancouver’s Rainbow Advisory Committee is made up of staff members from each department in the agency. They are dedicated to insuring we use best practices to serve our LGBTQ2S+ youth and that we continue to enhance our spaces, policies, procedure, and programs.

 

Resources for LGBTQ2S+ Youth

 
Our Drop-In Center holds an event for LGBTQ2S+ youth on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30 pm- 8:30pm.

There are 59 beds in our short-term Residential Crisis Program:

  • 24 beds for female-identified, trans, and non-binary youth
  • 35 beds for male-identified, trans, and non-binary youth

Trans, gender queer, non-binary and two-spirit youth may request to stay in which ever space they feel most comfortable in.

If you are youth in need of support or have questions, please contact us toll free, at 1-877-685-7474.

 

* 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.