Case Study

Empowering the LGBTQ Youth of Northeast Florida Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Services (JASMYN)

Telling the stories of those who are discriminated against and marginalized gives power to the young people we serve. LGBTQ youth are one group who deserve to have their stories told, as many—if not all—face some level of discrimination. It is difficult for gender and sexual minorities to access essential resources like housing, healthcare, and employment. Although the percentage of LGBTQ youth in the US is between 5-7%, approximately 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ.

For Northeast Florida, the disparity is even greater: an astounding 60% of youth experiencing homelessness are LGBTQ. 3 out of 4 gender and sexual minorities living here report daily discrimination, and Jacksonville, Florida is rated #2 nationally for the amount of new HIV infections among African American males ages 13+.

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