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In many large cities, including Los Angeles, a staggering 40% of youth experiencing homelessness are LGBT or questioning. In the foster care system, a hugely disproportionate percentage of youth (1 in 5) are LGBTQ and are twice as likely to report poor treatment in the system. Rates of HIV infection are on the rise among gay/bisexual youth, particularly those who are Black and Latino.

Cuts in funding to programs like the Center’s that help provide a home and meals for youth—as well as services that help them develop the skills and resources to live independently—and to our HIV prevention and foster care programs, could decimate services for some of the most vulnerable in our community.