Research on homelessness and young people has consistently found that youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) are more likely to be homeless than their heterosexual peers. Over the past several years, the news media have increasingly focused on the problems of homeless, LGBTQ youth, including theirlikelihood of engaging in “survival sex,” or trading sex for basic needs such as food and shelter. Singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper, once a homeless teen, has helped bring national attention to the issue of youth homelessness. In early 2015, actress and singer Miley Cyrus wrote to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers asking for increased funding for programs serving homeless children.
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