Earlier today, VGO Co-Founders Sam Johnson and Alicia McDaniel facilitated a conversation with Filmmaker, Producer, and Actress Bianka Bell about Queerdo(2018). Bell’s tender, coming-of-age film surrounds a non-binary teen named Dee who flees their abusive home for a new life of liberation and love in San Francisco, CA. See how Queerdo came to be in the video below. You can also view the film here.
Here are some resources for Homeless LGBTQ Individuals in Crisis:
[list from HUD Exchange]
Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center
The Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration on Children and Families (ACF), and the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) as the training and technical assistance provider for all Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) grantees. RHYTTAC staff come from RHY services and understand the challenges programs face in striving to achieve the best possible outcomes in the midst of staff turnover, community change and ever-emerging needs of the RHY population.
National Runaway Safeline
The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) provides education and solution-focused interventions, offers non-sectarian, non-judgmental support, respects confidentiality, collaborates with volunteers, and responds to at-risk youth and their families. The organization serves as the federally designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth. Our services are provided through funding from FYSB in the ACF, HHS, and the generosity of private funders: individual donors, corporate partners, and foundation grants.
Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety. As a community-based program, Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place locations, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country. Locations include: libraries, YMCA’s fire stations, public buses, various businesses, and social service facilities.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24.