The weather. Outside. Frightful.
Faced with budget cuts that would drastically alter the already limited services provided to NYC's homeless youth, Jayden Peterkin has chosen to put a firsthand face and voice on an issue that goes far beyond the city's bottom line. Truth to power:
My parents told me I was no longer welcome in my home when I was 18. I grew up in a religious household, and they could not accept that I was gay.
Before long, I became one of the almost 4,000 youths who sleeping on the streets in New York City, more than 1,000 of whom are gay like me.
KEEP READING: Don't Leave gay Kids Out In The Cold [Metro]
*SEE ALSO: A group letter signed by fourteen members of New York City’s Commission on LGBTQ Runaway and Homeless Youth, in protest of the cuts: Groups Urge Bloomberg to Reconsider Homeless Youth Funding Cuts [Future Majority]
*UPDATE, 1/6/11: Awesome: NYC fully restores funding for homeless youth programs [Edge NY]
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