In America, up to 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
The 40 of the Forty list provides a platform for the 40% of youth experiencing homelessness who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning. Youth are the experts of their own truths, and we aim to honor their voices and their stories. Our goal is to inspire hope and help reduce the stigma often associated with housing instability and homelessness.
The young people on the 40 of the Forty list were nominated by homeless youth service providers, social workers, educators, and other folks from across the country. The list highlights 40 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth who have experiences with homelessness and provides them opportunities to be engaged in our work nationally and within their home communities. Youth featured on the 40 of the Forty have become spokespeople for their communities, representing them in local and national forums and have contributed to publications from leading national organizations.