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Young, Homeless and LGBT

FLUID Lecture series aiming at problems and issues specific to LGBT community returns March 21.
By Melissa Perez

San Diego State University’s FLUID lecture series, or “Finding Leadership Under Identity,” will host its second lecture Wednesday, March 21.  The lecture, “Without a Home: The LGBT Homeless Youth,” is free and open to the public, and will be held from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Fowler Athletics Center Auditorium.

Understanding homeless youth

The second lecture will feature a panel of community activists who work directly with homeless youth at San Diego Youth Service’s Storefront Shelter and the San Diego LGBT Community Center’s Sunburst Youth Housing Project in San Diego. The panel will also include four young adults who will speak about their personal experiences as LGBT homeless youth.

It is estimated that there are 1.6 million to 2.8 million homeless youth in the United States. At least 20 percent of these homeless youth identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

Once homeless, LGBT youth are at greater risk of suffering from victimization, mental illness, sexual abuse, substance abuse and suicide.

Engaging LGBT-specific issues

The lecture series is designed to engage students, faculty and the community in different topics that focus on identity, specifically issues that affect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. The ultimate goal of this series is to move beyond academics to facilitate meaningful discussion and a closer-knit community.

“This series complements the launch of San Diego State University’s new LGBT studies major,” said Aaron Bruce, SDSU Chief Diversity Officer. “FLUID brings together a variety of campus and community entities to foster scholarly discourse and draw attention to important topics that affect the LGBT community.”

More information about the series can be found here.