The Harsh Reality of LGBT Homeless Youth

100 thoughts on “The Harsh Reality of LGBT Homeless Youth

  1. This is the United States, one of the wealthiest Countries in the World and there is NO REASON for anyone to be HOMELESS. No Matter if you're Gay, Straight, Bi, Lesbian, Transgendered, a Veteran, an Immigrant, a Muslim, a Jew, or a wife running away from an abusive relationship. Our Country needs to open up more homeless homes/apartments. To those who are homeless, Please don't give up, there are others like yourself out there. There are people like myself, that can offer support or an ear to listen to your story.

  2. If anyone is interested in helping LGBTQ homeless youth, there are Pull for Pride events around the country this month to raise funds. Come out and cheer on the athletes, volunteer your time, or make a donation. Here is a link to the website to see what's happening near you

  3. This honestly gave me the chills. I haven't seen season one yet but I'm loving it already based off this one. People like you Tyler, the world needs because from my perspective there's not a lot of people like you who bring out awareness like this. And this honestly warms my heart! And let's have all these LGBT youth feel safe!😊

  4. I really appreciate everything that Tyler does to support the LGBT community because most people these days are so against it, saying how it's not the way of god and whatever. Love is love, it doesn't matter what you're sexuality is. I wish everyone would understand that. Sadly, we don't live in that world. I didn't even know that this existed, I never really thought of it. I hope someday I can work in that center and help people in the LGBT community. I want them to get the support they deserve, because bad things always happen to the brightest people.

  5. It's very cool to talk about those issues, but (I'm sorry) where is "harsh reality"? Many many people does not have even think about it, and when they see that video (of course they may get things right) it's just pretty people sitting at the table talking to some stuf. I think it would be better – to show problem deeper. May be in a way BBC 3 did with @Riyadh. Love u very much, Tyler 🙂

  6. As a homeless transman in the Seattle area who lives from a car with his husband, this means a lot to me. We need more paces like this all around the world.
    Thanks Tyler~

  7. Hi Tyler.I am Adrita .I have something to tell you .I am lesbian .And i told that to my dad several times directly or i directly .But he doesnt understand me .Again there is no one in my area who can understand me or who i can date .My classmates bully me .What should i do now????

  8. The amount of time and effort you put into making changes for the LGBTQ+ community makes my heart melt! I had no idea this place existed but I’m so glad it does

  9. When I came out as gay/trans I already had a bag packed. And I was so scared and I was ready for the words "leave" but turns out they accepted it.

  10. It pisses me off that the views aren't here for these videos, but some twat can film in a suicide forest and get millions? That's just sad..

  11. LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness is a huge epidemic across the US. Side By Side, which is an LGBTQ+ youth organization, battles this issue in Richmond, VA in coordination with several other LGBTQ+ organizations. They have pop ups where they hand out clothes to homeless youth, they provide other resources as needed, and overall they give hope. This is definitely an issue you should continue to highlight in different cities across the US. Surprisingly, I found out that members of the LGBTQ community are less likely to support by donation an LGBTQ non-profit support organization. However, I think these stories and your positive influence on our community can help increase our support of each other. You’re the best! Come to Richmond!

  12. Last year I went into the city and saw a bunch of homeless people which made me wanna cry, I am so lucky to not be homeless and to have a family that loves me. Why is it that families will love you for being straight but when you say hey I might just like the same gender and not as friends they disown you like you never existed? It's the harsh reality but most parents are scared and don't know what to do so they do what they think is right for the family even when it's not helping at all 🙂

  13. I TOTALLY 💖 YOU TYLER OAKLEY!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖❤💚💜💙💛❤💚💜💙💛

  14. Wow wow wow. This video really touched me. I am so happy that LA has a center like this. Hopefully one day, every city will have a center like this for the youth in need of love and support.

  15. Thank you so much for using your platform for such good and bringing awareness to these important topics. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

  16. 1 minute in and I'm literally tearing up! 🤧😂 this series is a BEAUTIFUL thing, and tyler oakley you are a truly amazing and kindhearted person. not many will merely shed light on this topic, let alone publish it in full light for everyone to see. absolutely love that you are doing this, and I'm not even in the lgbtq+ community. you are truly inspiring to everyone, and ily! ❤❤

  17. I'm part of the LTGBQ community too and I support all my brothers and sisters but what about straight homeless people and just all homeless people in general we need to help ever and yes I glad that he put light on the subject but I feel like that we all need to help everyone not matter who they are because everyone is special❤

  18. So last year 2017 beging of 8th grade I came out as lesbian. Earlier this year I found my self, and I think that I’m a trans male. I’m scared to come out to my mom. She’s tells my aunt everything And I don’t want her to know cause I feel like I’m gonna loose her respect and I’m scared. My father (he’s in and out of my life) but he’s transphobic. I’m scared to come out as trans but idk how much longer I can stay in the closet. 😥 what should I do? Somebody please just help me.

  19. I love this video so much and how it highlights the struggles LGBT people can have, I would like to see more of how being LGBT impacts homeless adults because of the systematic oppression in the workforce and housing.

  20. "The sidewalks that people walk on in the day, that's the bed people lay their head on at night." That hit me. Tyler thank you so much for making this series you are having such an impact and I love you for it.

  21. Can you do a video about jobs in the lgbt community. Like jobs at lgbt centers or ways we can help our people as a career?

  22. This breaks my heart, that LGBT people have to deal with this on a daily. When I grow up I want to help LGBT youth.

  23. It's so sad that this goes on all over the world still. I watched a few intresting documentarys on LBTQ homeless youth in the UK on BBC 3.
    One was called 'Out On The Streets| Queer Britain
    , and there was another one called 'Men For Sale – Life as a male sex worker' which was especially sad .
    It described how often homless LGBTQ ended up prostituting/being groomed. There was this one brave young man who nonchalantly talked about his experience of being gang raped, it had me in tears. They are definitely worth a watch.

  24. Thank you so much for bringing this issue to light. I volunteer at a similar (though much smaller) organization here in Houston. We also work with LGBT+ youth experiencing homelessness. Like you, it wasn't so long ago that I had no idea about the harsh realities they are facing. I'm thankful you are helping to educate the public about this. <3

  25. The story of Alexesandra is so powerful omg, seeing acomplish her dreams and her true self is so inspirering, it really toched my heart.

  26. I know I'm late and a new person nobody knows me online.I believe that you can make it.You people are humans gay,trans,everyone is equal.Treat people how you wanted to be treated isn't a kids rule it's for everyone and homeless people are the strongest.So are every one that citizen think is wrong you push threw it.The world wants to get along but the people find the tiniest to stop that.Every one should work together but some people stop that.

  27. Me in a couple months XD (why am I happy about this? Oh wait it’s because my parents are homophobes who deny it yet support conversion therapy and are considering putting me through it… I am screwed.)

  28. oh tyler you're the literal best ! it's so important to bring awareness to this topic because it's really damn serious. this series is so amazing and i'm sure it helps a lot of people

  29. Hi Tyler! Thanks for highlighting a subject that normally is ignored in our community! I was lucky enough to not get kicked out of my house, but know that many others aren't so fortunate. I'm glad they get some help from this LGBT center!

  30. The homelessness problem is awful, but LGBT+ people experience it the most. There are queer youth spaces to help those between the ages of 18-23 sometimes 24. Once you are older you fall into the adult services and that's where permanent homelessness starts. I'm 100% all for youth spaces, but the demand for help is still there once you age out, and it's a terrifying thing for many homeless youth in these spaces. Some of them end up on the streets again because they didn't get enough help while they could from the youth centers. Regardless of age, it's harder to get homeless services as LGBT, especially since so many adult shelters are specifically for men or women only, leaving trans people with literally no shelter option.

  31. Gabi, A Girl in Pieces has a really important plot line about LGBT+ homelessness, among other issues that teens face in low income neighborhoods. Check it out some time.

  32. It feels kinda wrong to talk about this with all the deep and serious stuff happening in the comments (and the video) but I haven't seen any of your stuff for a while so I feel the need to point out that you've become quite muscley

  33. US government should start using solar powered energy, and stop invading other countries

    Instead they could use their lots of money to care for their citizens

  34. I wrote an essay and did a lot of research on homelessness in general, and it was just really sad to see the statistics. There are more empty homes in the world than there are homeless people, but they cant afford homes because of the stigma and stereotypes attached to them. Even if you do nothing other than buy some food or just talk to a homeless person and spread the word about this issue, it can make a difference.

  35. If my familly knew about me i know i'll lose my familly knowing there's such place and watching your videos is really reassuring but i don't think i'll be able to mentally handle it

  36. I didn’t have this when I got kicked out. I wasn’t even aware of my local resources like food pantries and health services. Furthermore, depression and rejection certainly cripples our ability to reach out and seek help or even consider this to even exist. I was luckily in my freshmen year and had pledged a fraternity who took me in, accepted me, and really supported me through my career. And I live in the outskirts of Miami, FL. sigh

  37. "Guess what gay community, noone cares if you're gay, people just don't like being told what to say and think" was once said by a straight guy with me around. Urgh it's videos like these that show the reality of how some LGBT are treated

  38. God this video got me so emotional, I've had to think about packing up and leaving so much, and I never knew this place existed

  39. Finding a dr that can help these kids with medical issues is hard too…especially since they're displaced.
    I hope I can change that soon.

  40. Are they teaching them how to save for retirement and emergencies once they move out of the center? I really like the center and I’m so glad there is a safe place for these youth. I just worry when people come out of homelessness are they being taught how not to get back there.
    I have been homeless before and I think my mind is so wired to save like crazy and invest in Roth IRAs. I don’t ever want to go back there ever again.

  41. I was told only white girls and boys are homosexual ? And that's because they are preverted they do it for fun .🤔👧

  42. Civil rights for LGBT death and danger ! Just like back in Jim Crow and then segregation stopped blacks and white liberals win.

  43. im trans and homeless trump got elected it was downhill from there got fired becouse my bosses religious veiws my landlord kickedme out becouse of it hard to get help becouse of it i am extremely smart its rediculous i cant get a job just becouse my gender identity i once spent 200 dollars i really dont have on a 13 year old that kicked out for being bi parents should take responsibility its a sad reality that us minorities get treated like crap

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  46. This was so inspiring.
    Thank you so much for bringing more awareness to this issue. This should not be happening in our day and age here.
    I just spoke with, earlier today, an Executive Director of a wonderful organization that also works with the center but on the other side of the country in Orlando Florida. Her name is Heather Wilkie. She has so much to say on this issue and has been trying so hard to make this problem vanish.

    Heather Wilkie of Zebra Coalition:

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