There are thousands of homeless LGBT youth in the United States.
According to the web site of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, between 20 and 40 percent of the estimated 1.6 million homeless youth in America identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
According to the Task Force, 26 percent of the gay teens who come out to their parents or guardians were kicked out of the house and, once on the streets, are more likely to use drugs, attempt suicide and become sex workers.
LGBT youth also report that they are often abused, insulted or threatened by staff and other residents in shelters.
What services are offered to these kids? How do they survive?
A new documentary film, titled Finding Home, provides answers to those questions. The film was produced by In the Life Media.
The film will be screened in Birmingham tonight, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., at the Pilgrim United Church of Christ, located at 2817 Sixth Ave. South. Admission is free. The screening is part of the LGBTQ/Racial Justice Film Series presented by Greater Birmingham Ministries.
The film features Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Residence, the first permanent affordable housing to be offered to at-risk LGBT youth in New York City.
It discusses the Family Acceptance Project, an organization conducting research on the harmful effects on gay youth of family rejection.
After the screening, there will be a discussion of ways to help LGBTQ youth in the Birmingham area.
Soft drinks and snacks will be provided, but BYOB. 7-10 p.m. Free.
Learn more about Pilgrim Church at www.pilgrimuccbham.org.
Learn more about Greater Birmingham Ministries at www.gbm.org.