It’s winter. You’re a homeless youth living on the street. Christmas is coming.

Reality: For a gay youth living on the street there will be anxiety, isolation, tears, challenges, confrontations, depression, diseases, hardship, loneliness, poverty, violence. Self harm.  

There will be no one: No family. No holiday gathering. No cards. No baubles and tinsel. No candy canes  or other treats. No garlands or wreaths.

The Importance of Diversity : These kids need and deserve our help.

2012 statistics: 40% of homeless youth are LGBT and nearly all homeless youth service providers in the U.S. now serve LGBT youth, according to a comprehensive report on LGBT youth homelessness.

  • (68%) respondents indicated that family rejection was a major factor contributing to LGBT youth homelessness, making it the most cited factor.
  • More than half (54%) of respondents indicated that abuse in their family was another important factor contributing to LGBT homelessness.
  • Statistically, LGBT youth make up no more than 10% of that population segment, yet total 40% of homeless youth.
  • Many LGBTQ young people who are experiencing homelessness, or are at risk of becoming homeless, have had negative experiences with the child welfare system.

America’s Shame: “From the moment that President Trump was sworn in, LGBTQ people were erased from White House, Department of State, and Department of Labor websites and he has been targeting the LGBTQ community ever since. We have seen egregious attacks on the transgender community including ongoing efforts to ban transgender soldiers from openly serving in the military and revoking non-discrimination protections for transgender youth at school.”  -Information Source: Trump Accountability Project… GLAAD.

In an unkind world: You can demonstrate  concern.  You can demonstrate Generosity. You can demonstrate Kindness.  Please check out the ministry below. Thank You.

A nonprofit Org.

One World Ministries

Project Backpack for Homeless Youth

ttps://oneworldministries.net/

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We are one family

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Everyone should feel like they are welcomed as part of the whole, yet not everyone is. Today my blog supports both the effort and the mission of the Give ‘EM Hope Campaign: Their mission is to give HOPE to those who need it most. Their worldwide network of volunteers inspires and uplifts all those who need assurance … Give EM Hope volunteers reminds everyone that their uniqueness is something to be celebrated.

We thrive on the delicacy of love: We are of one family – the family of humanity: We are of one heart – we are one heartbeat in the family of humanity and this means that we were not meant to live our lives in in isolation; in quiet desperation.

Our homes, our neighborhoods our workplaces and our communities should be havens of safety; yet they are not.

Everyone has the right to live and to live together in peace and harmony; therefore we should never accept any barbarous act or actions by a body of people that would outrage the conscience of mankind. Yet we do. We should never accept bias or bigotry, yet we do.

Everyone should enjoy all economic, social and cultural rights – these are indispensable for our dignity and the free development of our personality. Yet homophobic climates deny these basic rights to millions.

All people have the inalienable and inherent right to love and we cannot in good conscience disregard or withhold the basic needs to others and we should never hold anyone in contempt for ‘loving differently.’

Everyone has the right to know and be known – to see and be seen – to understand and be understood.

Everyone has the right to feel safe; to enjoy peace; to experience serenity and tranquility in their home, their neighborhood and community, yet this is not so.

Everyone is different – yet we are all he same: We should recognize the inherent dignity and promote these equal and inalienable rights to all members of the human family as this is the foundation for freedom, justice and peace in the world. Yet we don’t.

We need places of safety and security for our GLBT youth — There is no justification for abusing them, abandoning them, discarding them, ignoring them or calling them evil and sinners. All youth, GLBT or straight … need to feel a sense of hope. Everyone: Adult and youth … all need to feel welcome, that we are a part of the whole.

We should be welcoming the advent of a world in which everyone enjoys freedom of from fear: of harassment, persecution, prosecution, punishment and torment. Yet many people don’t want this for their citizens.

The Give ‘Em Hope Campaign promotes more than acceptance to GLBT – we promote life; we promote equality of rights, we promote more than friendship and respect.  

To give GLBT hope means we promote the spirit of brotherhood, we value the wide range of differences that exists among all people and volunteers are welcomed: We need your voices: we need your voices to continue our work of promoting inclusion … we need your voices to help us continue to provide a safe place for LGBT people to share their dreams and fears, their hopes and their grief.

The Give ‘Em Hope volunteers understand the need for inclusion – so many of our GLBT family members and friends have been abandoned, abused; disowned and discarded; our friends – our family members have begged and pleaded – they’ve bled and died.

We understand the needs as well as recognize the great responsibility … it is our responsibility to promote friendship and we are here to provide the tender warmth of familial love that has been denied to so many — familial love that so many of our visitors have never known.

Everyone should feel like they are welcomed as part of the whole, yet not everyone is. — We are of one family – the family of humanity: We are of one heart – we are one heartbeat in the family of humanity and this means that we were not meant to live our lives in in isolation; in quiet desperation.

I am proud to be a part of the Give ‘EM Hope volunteer family… If you believe in inclusiveness and equality please join the campaign … be a voice in the darkness, without a voice in the darkness hope dwindles and dies… be a voice in the darkness, speak words of inclusiveness – of hope of love.