I was hesitant to join the hop against homophobia, not because I was hesitant to lend whatever support I can to addressing bigotry, but I did not want to seem like I was cashing in on hatred to sell books. I thought about talking about the gay characters in my book, but it seemed inappropriate. I considered cute antidotes of confronting bigots in college, but this is not an exercise to support my ego.
What I will share are two simple statistics that are revolting. In LA 25-35% of homeless teens are LGBT. The reason they are homeless is that they have been thrown out of their homes, and disowned by those whose job it was to protect them and care for them unconditionally. Keep in mind this is an LA number, an area of the country seen as more tolerant.
An estimate in NYC places the number between 25-40%. Again this seen as a more progressive and tolerant area. Again these kids are homeless because they have been rejected by their families. Now imagine the level of tolerance in a place like North Carolina.
I have no closing words of comfort or some clever encompassing argument. Please click the image above for more.
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