Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
January 16, 2018

We often think of homelessness as something that transcends certain demographic markers, such as age, gender, and sexual orientation. To a certain degree, this is true. Individuals experiencing homelessness are unified by a singular characteristic: the lack of safe, adequate, and affordable housing.

With this being said, it is also important to recognize that the right to housing should include having choice in the type of housing one life in....

Where am I going to go? What am I going to do? Throughout our careers, we’ve been asked these questions by LGBTQ2S young people experiencing homelessness a countless number of times. We’ve been asked versions of the same questions by service providers working with youth experiencing homelessness, advocates for LGBTQ2S youth, and policy makers -- Where do we go from here? What are we going to do?

The problem of LGBTQ2S youth homelessness can overwhelm us if we let...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
November 01, 2016

We know little about the LGBTQ2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) adult homeless population. This lack of knowledge is surprising, given that it is well documented that LGBTQ2S youth are overrepresented among homeless youth. Although determining the number of LGBTQ2S homeless youth is difficult, studies have reported anywhere from 15 to 30 percent of homeless youth...

A Way Home Canada
October 05, 2016

Last month, Dr. Alex Abramovich premiered his first documentary “Nowhere To Go: A Brokered Dialogue” at The 519, an LGTBQ2S community space in downtown Toronto. The documentary provides a glimpse into the reality of LGBTQ2S youth homelessness and the mental health challenges faced by this population.

The acronym “LGBTQ2S” is used to refer...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
October 03, 2016
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October 2nd marks the International Day of Non-Violence, an initiative by the United Nations that seeks to disseminate the message of non-violence through education and public awareness, in the hopes of securing a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence. In honour of this initiative, it is critical to identify the multitude of ways violence manifests in our lives. One...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
August 03, 2016

Each year, Choices for Youth in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, works to empower at-risk youth from across the province. Recently they began to mobilize efforts towards the development of a provincial plan to end youth homelessness in NL. This week’s infographic comes to us from Choices for Youth’s End Youth Homeless in Newfoundland and Labrador website,...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
July 05, 2016

The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness would like to issue a correction to an infographic that was released on our social media sites in June 2016. 

In the fall of 2015, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, in partnerships with A Way Home and the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness, launched a large-scale...

Pride is a time when lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S) communities around the globe celebrate who we are, how far we have come, and how hard we have fought in order to be able to be our authentic selves. During Pride we also reflect on the oppression and violence that our community has faced over the years and continues to face today, especially the most marginalized members of our communities; including youth, trans women of colour and...

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
June 15, 2016

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and 2-Spirit [1] (LGBTQ2S) youth are disproportionately represented amongst homeless youth populations across the globe. Approximately 25-40% of youth experiencing homelessness in North America identify as LGBTQ2S (Abramovich, 2012; Ray, 2006; Cochran et al., 2002). However, it is difficult to know exactly how many LGBTQ2S youth are experiencing homelessness at any given point in time, for a variety of...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
April 27, 2016

This week’s infographic comes to us from the True Colors Fund, an organization aiming to raise awareness about and help bring an end to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness. Today, Wednesday 27th April 2016, is 40 to None Day, a day to raise public awareness about LGBT* youth homelessness. Approximately 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), yet LGBT...

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