#NCFYchat Recap: Serving LGBTQ Homeless Youth
Members of the social media community came together November 24 for NCFY's Twitter chat “Serving LGBTQ Homeless Youth.” The hourlong conversation provided new details about the 3/40 BLUEPRINT project, a Family & Youth Services Bureau initiative to help transitional living programs offer safe, affirming services for LGBTQ youth. Participants also shared their own ideas for creating LGBTQ-friendly programs and asked questions about addressing common barriers.
The November #NCFYchat was co-hosted by University of Illinois at Chicago Associate Professor Alan Dettlaff, principal investigator of the 3/40 BLUEPRINT project, and True Colors Fund Project Director Jama Shelton, who serves on the project's technical expert group. They talked about key themes from the first-year literature review and focus groups, and plans to share recommendations in 2015.
Couldn't make it to the event? Then check out some of the top Tweets below.
On the need to address LGBTQ youth homelessness and what's being done:
On the importance of creating a safe environment for all young people:
A5: Have a clear policy signed by every youth that states zero tolerance for homophobic or transphobic language or actions #NCFYchat— Alan Dettlaff (@AlanDettlaff) November 24, 2014
A5: Let’s respect all ways that we are different. Sexual orientation. Gender identity. Religion. Race. Ability. Etc. #NCFYchat— Jama Shelton (@PagingDrJama) November 24, 2014
On who to seek out in the community as potential allies: