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12/21/2010

The weather. Outside. Frightful.

by Jeremy Hooper

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:

Jayden-PeterkinMy 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]

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*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]

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*UPDATE, 1/6/11: Awesome: NYC fully restores funding for homeless youth programs [Edge NY]

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