Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Homeless LGBTQ youth

At our May 15, 2014 "Invisible No More" Salon, we heard heart-wrenching stories and staggering statistics about youth homelessness in Connecticut. In particular, we learned that many homeless youth identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer).

Polaris Project, an organization which leads in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery, shared the image below via Twitter last week, recognizing that homeless LGBTQ youth are vulnerable to trafficking.

Why do you think so many homeless youth are LGBTQ? What services are needed to help these often discriminated children? How do we work to minimize the number of homeless youth who are trafficked? 

Follow @Polaris_Project for more on human trafficking, homelessness and taking action, and visit our "Invisible No More" event recap for more on youth homelessness in Connecticut.

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