This past April I took part in the Sleep Out: Moms Edition as an Alum of Covenant House Atlantic City. I arrived at Covenant House Atlantic City at the age of 18. I was already 5 months pregnant and scared of what my future would hold. It was there that I met the first person I KNEW was Transgender. I don’t even remember her name but the impact the meeting had on me was tremendous. You see, back in 1998, there was no policy set on how to house Transgender clients. I watched them hussle to make her comfortable and safe while they figured it all out. Covenant House will NEVER turn a youth away. Though they run on MOSTLY charitable donations from Christian organizations, they uphold the values to love and accept all who walk through that door. No damnations, no stipulations on who you must be.
This year I plan on assembling a team of my own and the Transgender Encounter Project has been gracious enough to allow me use of their name. I will make up shirts and raise awareness of the fact that Trans-Youth are disproportionately kicked out of their homes and wind up on the streets. The goal is to do a Sleep Out that is CoEd so that I can have a larger team sleep out, but I will do the Moms Edition if need be.
Please read more about the Sleep Out Movement HERE.
To learn more about homelessness among the Transgender Community please CLICK HERE.
These are the shirts I plan to make up for those who join the Sleep Out with me (hoodies will be available too):
The Transgender Encounter Project is honored to Sleep Out, symbolically, with Crystal representing us, in order to draw attention to the plight of homeless youth, ans especially that of homeless Trans youth. Please do consider holding your own Sleep Out event on behalf of LGBTQ youth, who are disproportionately represented among the homeless, due to family rejection. 40% of all homeless youth are LGBTQ. That number is horrific. We CAN change this. We MUST change this.
Click the links above to find out how to get involved, how to support Covenant House, and how to help our youth find suitable, safe shelter.
320,000 to 400,000: A conservative estimate of the number
of gay and transgender youth facing homelessness each year.
The Ali Forney Center http://www.aliforneycenter.org
National Homeless.Org http://nationalhomeless.org/issues/lgbt/
True Colors Fund https://truecolorsfund.org/about/
Amplify this message and make a difference... you may just be saving someone's life