Homelessness among youth who identify as LGBTQ+

Edward McCann, Michael J. Brown

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Homelessness is a growing concern globally, and there is an increasing focus on the impact and implications for youth. In parallel, the topic of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning plus (LGBTQ+) continues to be an area that attracts interest and debate, ranging from acceptance and equality through to controversies such as intolerance, discrimination, and even death. Furthermore, some youth who identify as LGBTQ+ will experience homelessness and the available statistics indicate that there are as many as 40% LGBTQ+ youth living on the streets, in emergency shelters, or temporary accommodation. While there is increased interest in LGBTQ+ homeless youth, the research evidence remains limited and is an area that requires further development. Therefore, this chapter aims to provide an overview of the evidence, issues, and concerns that lead to homelessness for LGBTQ+ youth. The pathways into homelessness for LGBTQ+ youth will be presented and the factors that may contribute to homelessness. Further, the evidence of the impact and effect of homelessness, the routes out of homelessness, and the interventions and supports required, will also be considered.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHomelessness and mental health
EditorsJoão Mauricio Castaldelli-Maia, Antonio Ventriglio, Dinesh Bhugra
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191878572
ISBN (Print)9780198842668
Publication statusPublished - 24 Dec 2021

Publication series

NameOxford Cultural Psychiatry


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