LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) individuals face a particular set of challenges, both in becoming homeless as well as when they are trying to avoid homelessness. LGBT persons face social stigma, discrimination, and often rejection by their families which adds to the physical and mental strains/challenges which all homelessness persons must struggle with.
Frequently, homeless LGBT persons have great difficulty finding shelters that accept and respect them. LGBT individuals experiencing homelessness are often at a heightened risk of violence, abuse, and exploitation compared with their heterosexual peers. Transgender people are particularly at physical risk due to a lack of acceptance and are often turned away from shelters and in some cases signs have been posted barring their entrance.
40% of the homeless youth served by agencies identify as LGBT [Williams Institute, 2012]43% of clients served by drop-in centers identified as LGBT30% of street outreach clients identified as LGBT30% of clients utilizing housing programs identified as LGBT
This homeless and shelterless LGBT persons include asylum seekers.
The efforts should be focused on betterment of the LGBT community worldwide since this is the most delicate marginalised group of people who are even harmless to the societies they coexist with.