THE FORGOTTEN AMONG HOMELESS YOUTH
by Bishop Paul Peter Jesep
"A spiritual creature, upon its appearance on earth,
is given the power to say: ‘I am and I love.’"
Homelessness is a national epidemic in a consumer driven country like the United States that often boasts of wealth, charity abroad, and a high standard of living. Yet America is also a throw away society even in regards to its children. Approximately 40 percent of all homeless youth are gay, bi-sexual, lesbian, and transgender (LGBT). Hostility, ignorance, and discrimination deny them basic social services forcing some to engage in survival prostitution. Socially, politically, and spiritually LGBT have been shunned.