I am not an expert, nor am I well-educated on LGBT Homeless Youth issues, but I do know about the statistics, and it breaks my heart. Currently, it is estimated that 40% of homeless youth are from the LGBT Community from either being thrown out of their homes by homophobic parents, running away due to fear of reprisal at home, and sometimes just lack of judgement as a teenager.
I was homeless for about a week when I was 19, but I had enough money to survive on for that week and it didn’t have to do with being LGBT, just too prideful to go from where I was living, to moving back in with family. The worst part of it, was basically living in my car. After the week ran out, I wasn’t strong enough to stay on the streets without money and asked my parents to borrow a room for three months. I can’t imagine not having a choice in the matter.
I’ve written about the pizza debacle that happened in Indiana, and I found a fund set-up, trying to capitalize on the $842,000 windfall, the naive or bigoted pizza shop owners received. Cyndi Lauper set one up as well through her “True Colors” foundation, but the one I am supporting has pledged to house 100 LGBT homeless youth for a full year. The fundraising goal is $100,000, far below what the pizza owners lucked into. The fund is being run by “Planting Peace,” a global humanitarian organization, who bought and painted a house in rainbow colors, across from the Westboro Baptist Church, famous for their “God Hates Fags” mission. They are very reputable.
I have become part of this campaign to help raise the $100,000 needed. I am asking for friends, readers, and followers to please donate at least the price of a slice of pizza or a coffee at Starbucks. $2 to $5 helps, and more if you can afford it, is appreciated. This is the only weekend I am promoting this, I just wanted to do a small part if possible with all of you, who have been so kind in supporting my writing in the past. If you can donate, please go to the website, Linked Here.
Thank you all for being part of my online life, and Have a great week….Scott