For Homeless LGBTQ Teens, a Phone Can Be a Lifesaver (2015)

Alessandra Ram

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Summary: Christopher Wood was thrown out of his home because of his sexuality and credits his cellphone with saving his life. Now he hopes to expand his effort to provide homeless LGBTQ youth with cellphones across the country soon. The ultimate goal is to provide phones for more than 5,000 homeless LGBTQ teens in 200 cities and rural communities. Despite their vast overrepresentation in the national homeless population, no federal programs exist to meet the needs of homeless LGBTQ youth. Even though homeless LGBTQ youth only account for roughly four percent of the general population, 40 percent of youth experiencing homelessness self-identify as LGBTQ.