#TrueColorsDay | April 28, 2021
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and questioning (LGBTIQ) young people are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than non-LGBTIQ youth. We believe that everyone deserves a safe place to call home – regardless of their class, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
#TrueColorsDay is an international day of advocacy around preventing and ending LGBTIQ youth homelessness. It’s also a day to celebrate people who are working to ensure LGBTIQ people have housing no matter the challenge. Across the world, young people and adult partners are making significant progress to end youth homelessness. Communities are mobilizing to create change and youth are leading powerful movements based on LGBTIQ and racial equity. #TrueColorsDay serves as a gateway for people to get involved in new ways.
Housing is a Human Right.
While incredible progress on LGBTIQ rights has been made across the world, LGBTIQ people still face discrimination and violence simply for being who they are. And as the COVID-19 crisis continues, LGBTIQ youth experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable. Sometimes, the simple protection of home is all it takes for a young person to be safe.
On #TrueColorsDay, we will speak out in a unified voice and take coordinated action to defend the human rights of LGBTIQ youth experiencing homelessness.
Take the #TrueColorsDay Pledge.
Here’s what we believe:
- Housing is a human right.
- Everyone deserves a safe place to call home – regardless of their class, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
- LGBTIQ youth should never have to fear discrimination or violence in seeking housing or services.
- To end homelessness, we must end systemic racism in housing, healthcare, and policing – which contribute to higher rates of homelessness for Black, Brown, and Indigenous youth.
- Immigrants and asylum-seekers – many of whom are LGBTIQ and fleeing persecution – deserve a safe home.
- Relief and resources for youth experiencing homelessness must be included in COVID-19 responses.
- Young people are the present and future leaders of the youth homelessness movement. Nonprofit organizations should support and facilitate youth activism.
If you agree, add your name to the #TrueColorsDay pledge:
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 LGBTIQ 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
AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Inc.
Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness
Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County
Black, Gifted & Whole Inc.
Building Champions, Inc.
Clark County Social Service
Community Alliance for the Homeless - Memphis
Dance Fit with Emma Honerbaum
Grayson County Juvenile Alt. Inc. and North Texas Youth Connection
Homeless Persons Representation Project
House of Blahnik, Inc.
Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Kaleidoscope Youth Center
KJB Homes, LLC
Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC)
Lyre's Spirit Co.
Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance
Neiman Marcus Group
New Beginnings, Inc.
New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness
New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)
New York Red Bulls II
Oakland LGBTQ Center
Office of Homeless Youth @ WA Department of Commerce
Our Spot KC
Pathfinders Milwaukee, Inc.
Projec+ No 1One%
Room In The Inn - Memphis
Shelter For The Spirit
SoHo Shakespeare Company
Technical Assistance Collaborative
The Bridge for Youth
The I Am Human Foundation
The OutCenter of Southwest Michigan
The Playthings Theatre of New York
The Street Fairy
Thrive Youth Center
Time Out Youth Center
TREE House Enterprise
United We Shine Justice Project
Valley AIDS Council