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“Very Often, LGBT Teens Have No Concept that Their Life Can Be Good”

“Very Often, LGBT Teens Have No Concept that Their Life Can Be Good”

Homeless LGBTQ youth raise awareness about their struggles. Image from Instinct Magazine.

While the momentum of the marriage equality movement deserves celebration this Pride Month, it’s important to recognize that there’s still a lot of work to do to achieve equity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. As many as 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ, and oftentimes they end up trapped in a cycle of abuse, poverty, and street life that lasts well into adulthood. Guest blogger Sarah Bartlett illuminates some of the struggles with poverty and homelessness that many members of the LGBTQ community experience.

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Homelessness No Longer “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” for Filmmakers and Their Communities


"The Beast Inside" is one of four animated shorts produced by the Film & Family Homelessness Project. Co-director and animator Drew Christie told us that making this film helped him understand how "institutional racism, bigotry, misunderstandings and fear" contribute to homelessness.

Seattle University's Film & Family Homelessness Project worked with six Seattle-area filmmakers to produce four beautiful animated films revealing different aspects of living with poverty and homelessness. The stories were informed by families who have first-hand experience with these challenges. Developing these films was a learning process for the filmmakers, and we invited them to share lessons they came away with. Read their reflections and watch the American Refugees films.

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