The DC Center for the LGBT Community, in conjunction with Capital Pride, will be hosting a Town Hall on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Homelessness in the District of Columbia. A study by the National Lesbian and Gay Task Force cites that out of an estimated 1.6 million homeless youth nationwide, 20-40% of those youth will identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Homelessness has disproportionately affected LGBT identifying youth nationwide and here in the District, specifically, and will continue to do so unless we address this issue as a community.
To address this growing issue, The DC Center will host specialists Amena Johnson, Brian Watson, Tre'ona Kelty, Jeff Krehely, and Leandrea Gilliam as panelists and Metro Weekly Editorial Director Sean Bugg as moderator to discuss how we can address LGBT youth homelessness as a community, what we can do to alleviate this problem, and how we can support these youth moving forward.
Community sponsors for this town hall include Capital Pride, Latin American Youth Center, CASA DC, Beautiful U Yes U, Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), Wanda Alston House, The Center for American Progress, and T.H.E.
The town hall will take place at Hotel Palomar Washington DC (2121 P Street, NW) in the Phillips Classroom on May 31st at 7PM. If you are hearing impaired and require an interpreter, please email Marika Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP on Facebook here.