The homeless are everywhere, from the largest urban centers to the smallest of heartland towns. They 'live' in doorways and alleys, abandoned buildings and vehicles, and their numbers are overwhelming. Did you know, for example, that approximately 40% of homeless youth are LGBT? According to a report from the Williams Institute at UCLA, "... nearly all homeless youth service providers in the U.S. now serve LGBT youth."
The reasons for LGBT youth homelessness are not complicated. As the report states: "Nearly seven in 10 (68%) respondents indicated that family rejection was a major factor contributing to LGBT youth homelessness, making it the most cited factor. More than half (54%) of respondents indicated that abuse in their family was another important factor contributing to LGBT homelessness."
It is incredibly important to shine a light on homelessness, in particular for youth, as they are the most vulnerable. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, "Studies indicate that once homeless, LGBTQ youth are at higher risk for victimization and suffer higher incidents of mental health problems and unsafe sexual behavior than straight homeless youth. They experience an average of 7.4 more acts of sexual violence toward them than their heterosexual peers and are more likely to attempt suicide (62 percent) than their heterosexual homeless peers (29 percent)." These are alarming statistics.
With the help of a group of student filmmakers at Methodist University a pre-trailer for "A Place Called Home" has been produced (view below). To find out more about these talented young people and their labor of love efforts click here.
|Film students from Methodist University|
- Filmmaker Sherry Kelly Shares Her Passion for Making a Difference in The Lives of Homeless LGBTQ Youth: LISTEN
- Home Isn't Always Where The Heart Is, A Mini Documentary About Homeless LGBTQ Youth: WATCH
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A Place Called Home Pre-Trailer film credits:
The pre-trailer was written by Sherry Kelly, directed by Luycchi Jansen and Billy Tenny, produced by Sherry Kelly, Kimberly Eady, Billy Tenny and Luycchi Jansen. The character of Ally is played by Teresa Hammonds.
Watch: "A Place Called Home" Pre-Trailer