#TrueColorsDay | April 29, 2020
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than non-LGBTQ youth.
#TrueColorsDay is an international day of action and advocacy around LGBTQ youth homelessness. Across the world, young people in collaboration with adult partners are making significant progress to end youth homelessness. Communities are mobilizing to create change, people are getting involved in new ways, and youth are leading a powerful movement based on LGBTQ and racial equity.
This year, #TrueColorsDay is more important than ever before.
The Trump administration is currently working to roll back a number of policies designed to protect the rights and safety of LGBTQ people and youth experiencing homelessness. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to spread rapidly throughout the U.S., LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness are left particularly vulnerable by the administration’s actions. On #TrueColorsDay, we will speak out in a unified voice and take coordinated action to defend the health and civil rights of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.
Here's what we believe:
- LGBTQ youth should never have to fear discrimination or violence in seeking services.
- Relief and resources for youth experiencing homelessness must be included in COVID-19 responses.
- Housing is healthcare and healthcare is a human right.
If you agree, use our action center to contact your elected officials asking that they include resources for youth experiencing homelessness in the federal response to COVID-19.
Who's Behind It?
Co-founded by Cyndi Lauper in 2008, True Colors United works to end youth homelessness by generating solutions that meet the unique needs of LGBTQ young people. Our philosophy is that if we can ensure that services are safe for and affirming of the most impacted young people, we can be confident that they’ll be safe and affirming for everyone.
360 Youth Services
A Way Home America
A Way Home Washington
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Alder Health Services
Ambisextrous Apostate Podcast
Avenues for Youth
Beta Gamma Chi Fraternity, Incorporated
Birds & Bees
Black, Gifted & Whole Inc.
Brave Heart United, Inc.
Brooklyn Community Pride Center
Catharsis on the Mall
CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services
Center for American Progress
Center for Housing and Health
Church Farm School
Community Alliance for the Homeless - Memphis
Community Shelter Board
Compass LGBTQ Community Center
Complete Body Gym
Corrine Drive Counseling Center
Covenant House Florida
Covenant House California
Covenant House Illinois
Covenant House International
Crisis & Counseling Centers
Doors of Change
Equality North Carolina
Free Mom Hugs
Funders Together to End Homelessness
Happy Hippie Foundation
HELP of Southern Nevada
Homeless Advocacy Project
Hope and Healing Survivor Resource Center
Housing Alliance Delaware
Huckleberry Youth Programs
J bar J Youth Services
Jackson Street Youth Services
KALEIDOSCOPE YOUTH CENTER INC
Kentucky Youth Law Project Inc.
Larkin Street Youth Services
Los Angeles LGBT Center
Mayor's Office of Workforce Development
Michelle Valdez Consulting
Modern Military Association of America
My Friend's Place
National Alliance to End Homelessness
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
New Beginnings, Inc.
NewFest: New York's LGBTQ Film & Media Arts Organization
Point Source Youth
Project Community Connections, Inc.
Rising Stars LGBT+ Foundation
Safe Place for Youth
SingleMoms Created4Change Advocacy and Empowerment Center
The Ally Coalition
The Center for Youth Services
The Mason County HOST Program
The Montrose Center
The National LGBTQ Task Force
The Theater Offensive
The Wayfarer Foundation
Thrive Youth Center
TIA's Place (Transitioning Into Adulthood
Va Home for Boys and Girls
Vermont Teddy Bear
Veterans Multi-Service Center
Visions and Pathways
Vita Nova, Inc
Youth Advocates of Sitka
Youth and Family Alternatives, Inc. - RAP House