LGBTQ Youth Resource Guide Project UPDATE
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June 30, 2014 UPDATE: Our LGBTQ Youth Resource Guide Project was awarded a grant from the Alliance for Full Acceptance Foundation!!! These funds will allow us to hire LGBTQ youth to lead trainings and community conversations!!!
On Wednesday, June 25th, the Pauli Murray Project hosted a community conversation centered around homelessness in transition-age LGBTQ youth in Durham.
Dolores Chandler, the Program Coordinator with the Pauli Murray Project, sparked dialogue through the Straight Up Queer Truth Workshop, an interactive presentation that displays statistics related to the lived experience of LGBTQ youth and a collective reading of the stories of Durham LGBTQ youth.
Members came from all over the community to participate in the dialogue, representing homeless shelters, the City Council, the LGBTA Center of North Carolina Central University, churches, health services, and community organizations such as El centro hispano and Community Empowerment Fund, and many more. Participants in the workshop were disturbed to realize that no one talks about the issue of homelessness for LGBTQ youth, despite the fact that they are disproportionately represented in the homeless youth population. Through group dialogue, workshop participants came to a consensus that it would be important to carry this conversation with them into their various working environments in order to spark dialogue and action around the issue.
If you are interested in participating in the next community conversation on LGBTQ Youth and Homelessness, or if you would like to schedule a workshop for your organization, contact Dolores Chandler at email@example.com.