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LGBTQ Youth

youth5Although there are no reliable statistics, those who work in child welfare systems consistently report that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are disproportionately represented among youth in out-of-home care. Many of these youth state they have received prejudicial treatment, including harassment or threats, after disclosing their sexual or gender identity. Between 25% and 40% of homeless and runaway youth identify as LGBTQ. LGBTQ youth may be more likely to experience suicidal thoughts, and are at a higher risk for substance abuse. BAYC has a long track record of providing services for LGBTQ youth and is committed to enhancing the safety of and services for this specialized population of foster youth. Through our housing programs and clinical services, BAYC provides LGBTQ identified youth an affirming and supportive environment where they can receive knowledgeable and sensitive services.

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