Among the general population of youth in the United States, between 5% and 7% identify as LGBT. But compared to this relatively small portion of the overall population, LGBT youth are vastly overrepresented among the homeless youth population. Interviews and surveys of homeless populations at the state and local level suggest that between 9% and 45% of these youth are LGBT. Population-based studies also indicate that LGBT youth are more likely to be homeless than their peers, and when LGBT youth are without safe shelter they are also more likely to experience extreme vulnerability to violence, harassment and exploitation. It is because of this that Transgender Law Center joined with 63 other organizations to sign on to ensure that the proposed rules promulgated by the Administration For Children and Families (ACF) to provide performance standards and guidance for recipients of grants under the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYP) properly address the needs of LGBT at-risk and homeless youth. This new language is crucial because up until this point, neither RHYA nor its accompanying regulations referenced LGBT youth, despite their disproportionate representation among homeless populations. The final document showing the comments and revisions can be seen below.

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