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Youth Count! echoes those findings. Among the six sites for which data are available on young people’s sexual orientation, 19 percent of youth surveyed identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual and 3 percent identified as questioning. The percentage varied greatly by site, from 10 percent in Winston-Salem, NC, to 43 percent in New York City.
The Urban Institute brief makes the following recommendations for better including LGBTQ homeless youth in point-in-time counts:
Partnering with LGBTQ agencies.
Conducting counts in places that LGBTQ youth frequent.
Showing signs of support through positive messaging, such as rainbows, pink triangles, or “hate-free” and “safe zone” stickers.
Involving youth in the count’s design and administration.