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High proportion of LGBTQ youth among homeless, say researchers

Sep 19, 2013
News source: CBC News

When Jessica Del Rosso was 15, she was spotted by her mother holding hands with her then-girlfriend. Soon after, she was kicked out of her family home and was forced to couch-surf at friends' homes for some time until she moved into foster care.

"Not only do you feel like you have nowhere to go, but it's like wow, I just got rejected by my parents for being who I am," said Del Rosso.

Academics who study homelessness in the country say stories like Del Rosso's are common across Canada -- researchers in Ottawa estimate that between 40 and 50 per cent of the city's homeless youth population identify as LGBTQ, which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.

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