Creating life-saving services for 2SLGBTQ+ youth – SSHRC

Creating life-saving services for 2SLGBTQ+ youth – SSHRC

by ahnationtalk on August 12, 2022112 Views

Up to 40% of young people experiencing homelessness in Canada identify as 2SLGBTQ+, but few studies have been conducted on their unique experiences. Due to previous discrimination they’ve faced, many 2SLGBTQ+ homeless youth avoid housing and support services, making them a “hidden demographic,” out of reach of most research programs. Alex Abramovich, an independent scientist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), is uncovering the needs of this population—and his research has led to real change in the form of inclusive housing programs.

“When I first started this work, 2SLGBTQ+ youth were not part of the national dialogue on youth homelessness,” he says. “Since then, I’ve seen a real shift in people’s willingness to understand the issues they face.”

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