This week has been pretty exciting on the policy front for LGBTQ homeless youth. Re. Gwen Moore (D-Wis) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis)- who is one of six openly gay members of the US House, have have introduced a beill into the House to support LGBTQ homeless youth! The bill hopes to amend the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act known as the Runaway & Homeless Youth Act. The Act is up for reauthorization this year and these two representatives want to make it LGBTQ inclusive.
If the act passes with the inclusive amendments, it will require that any homeless shelters that receive federal funds will not be able to discriminate against LGBT youth! The bill will also mandate that the Family & Youth Service Bureau at the Department of Health & Human Services would compile comprehensive data on the pervasiveness of LGBTQ youth homelessness.
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