LGBT young homeless population

Jeremy Hobbs said his parents kicked him out of their house when he was 16-years-old for being gay.

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Colgay Pride, along with the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Family and Friends Support Network, held a meeting for the family and friends of LGBT people Wednesday night.  Homelessness among LGBT youth was a main topic of discussion.

Colgay leaders say just under half of the youth homeless population across the country identify as LGBT.  They say the main cause of homelessness among LGBT youth is due to parents kicking their LGBT children out of their home.

Jeremy Hobbs, Colgay president, said his parents kicked him out of his home when he was 16-years-old for being gay.

“You become prey.  They don’t realize that what they do to children is hinder their life-growth, hinder their spirit, hinder them as a human being,” Hobbs said.

Ceceila Rood, LGBT Friends and Family Support Network vice president, said it is very important to give support to family and friends of the LGBT community to help curb homelessness.

“Parents go through their own process.  Part of it is grief.  Part of it is denial.  Part of it is acceptance.  And then sometimes you need a helping hand to get through the process,” Rood explained.

Colgay is hosting a town hall meeting Thursday night to discuss faith and equality as well as homelessness among the LGBT community.  The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Citizens Service Center.

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