Interview: LGBT Youth and Homelessness

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I was asked to write an article (Q&A) on LGBT youth homelessness for a Catholic website…  Interview: LGBT Youth and Homelessness

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“Quality of Life” laws…

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I don’t normally post pictures of people I encounter on the street, but I think people need to see this to understand what I’m talking about.

This man is a senior… has a physical disability… and is homeless. What he is doing here… sleeping next to his wheelchair… is against the law. Since he is sleeping he is at risk of getting a $100 citation from police and even at risk of going to jail. These are called “quality of life” citations because his existence as a poor person is infringing on the “quality of life” of those around him who aren’t poor.

Keep in mind there is only 1 shelter bed for every 6 people experiencing homelessness.

It’s shameful that this takes place in a City with such obscene wealth…. in a city named after St. Francis. This isn’t limited to San Francisco though… it’s happening across our nation. It’s shameful that this man is hated in our community because he is homeless. It’s shameful this man is marginalized from our churches because he is homeless. Homelessness is NOT a choice!

Okay… end of rant.

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