Approximately 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), yet LGBT young people make up less than 7% of the general youth population. While identity-based family rejection is the most commonly cited reason, there are many factors that contribute to LGBT youth homelessness. Our goal is to ultimately reduce the disproportionate percentage from 40% to none.
In order to do that, we need to understand the issue and the ways in which we can all play a role in ending it. That's why we launched #40toNoneDay, a national day to raise public awareness about LGBT youth homelessness, and to provide supporters with simple ways to make a difference.
*NEW* Check out the 2016 impact report (we reached over 98 million people online)!
Learn About the Issue
We teamed up with the National LGBTQ Task Force to release "At the Intersections," the most comprehensive resource on LGBTQ youth homelessness.
Post an "Unselfie" on 4/27
Spread the word about #40toNoneDay by snapping a photo with one of our “unselfie” signs and sharing it online on April 27. We want to flood the Internet with these images to raise awareness and show the world that everyone can make a difference.
Set Up an "Unselfie"
Set up a photo booth on April 27 to help people in your community share their #40toNoneDay “unselfies”.
Host a Film Night + Discussion
Host a movie night and have a discussion around how you can address LGBT youth homelessness in your community. We've even put together a list of suggestions for you.
Who's partnering with us?
AIDS Project East Bay (APEB)
Advocates for Youth
Amazin LeThi Foundation
Avenues Homeless Youth
CenterLink Community LGBT Centers
Coalition for Juvenile Justice
The Concord Baptist Church of Christ
Covenant House International
Covenant House Texas
DC Center For The LGBT Community
The Door - A Center of Alternatives
Family Acceptance Project
Gay-Straight Alliance Network
Global Action Project
Happy Hippie Foundation
Healthy Teen Network
HomeBase, The Center for Common Concerns
Human Rights Campaign
It Gets Better Project
Larkin Street Youth Services
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
LGBT Community Center (New York City)
Mazzoni Center, Ally Safe Schools Program
Mental Health America
Multicultural AIDS Coalition
My Friend's Place
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Social Workers
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Network for Youth
NYC Condom Availability Program
Ohio Gay-Straight Alliance Network
Queer Detainee Empowerment Project
Rivers of Living Water NJ
Rivers of Living Water NY
Ruth Ellis Center
The Simmons Foundation
The Trevor Project
University of North Texas at Dallas
Us Helping Us, People Into Living
Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP)
YWCA of Greater Cincinnati
How are people making a difference?
The True Colors has found that when community members (that's you!) get involved in preventing and ending youth homelessness, young people are better able to get the support and services they need. Check out these examples of awesome people doing awesome things to address lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth homelessness in their communities!