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03/27/2014 NOW Magazine: Giving Queer and Trans Youth Shelter (by Andrea Houston)
Homeless LGBTQ kids will have a safe space if Kristyn Wong-Tam and Alex Abramovich have their way
03/06/2014 Address discrimination in shelters of LGBTQ2 youth: Alex Abramovich's Big Idea
What's the big idea: What if Toronto finally started to address the violence and discrimination that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and two-spirited homeless youth experience on a daily basis?
02/19/2014 Why Some Homeless Youth Fear Shelters
Special thank you to the American Planning Association for highlighting my research and raising attention to LGBTQ youth homelessness in Canada (starting on page 26)
12/05/2013 Toronto moves closer to creating a homeless shelter for LGBT youth
New research identifies urgent need for better LGBT sensitivity training in existing facilities. Groundbreaking research is helping to convince councillors and staff at city hall that Toronto needs a shelter specifically for homeless LGBT youth.
10/04/2013 City of Toronto strives to improve the lives of homeless LGBT youth
Researcher says 'anything at all' is helpful for overlooked population. A University of Toronto doctoral candidate is hoping the "emergency situation" of homeless gay, lesbian and trans youth is now on city staff’s radar after a presentation to city councillors Sept 18.
09/18/2013 Homelessness among queer youth needs to be addressed, researcher says.
Turcotte, B. (September 2013). Homelessness among queer youth needs to be addressed, researcher says. Xtra Magazine. Ottawa, ON.
09/10/2013 Alex Abramovich and Teal Jacques interviewed by Anna Maria Tremonti at The Current - CBC - Vulnerable Homeless LGBT Youth
09/09/2013 Homeless LGBTQ youth ignored by Ottawa's shelter system, say experts
(Metronews)Homeless youth from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ) community face dangers in city shelters and are a larger issue than Ottawa charities think, said rights activists and experts Monday.
09/09/2013 High proportion of LGBTQ youth among homeless, say researchers
(CBC) Family conflict cited as one of top factors
09/08/2013 Half of homeless Ottawa youth identify as LGBTQ
(CBC) High number of homeless LGBTQ youth an 'epidemic' across Canada, expert says.
MP3 version of the story available here
08/13/2013 Study finds homeless LGBT youth more likely to be abused in shelters
The recently published 2013 Street Needs Assessment reports that one in five homeless youth in Toronto identify as LGBT. Unfortunately, that just happens to be the tip of the iceberg.
08/12/2013 Toronto's homeless gay youth frequently face abuse in shelters: study
U of T researcher Alex Abramovich finds sexual minorities are often verbally or physically assaulted by other shelter users, and staff lack training to respond.
08/12/2013 Toronto's homeless gay youth frequently face abuse in shelters: study
Homeless youth who are members of a sexual minority often experience verbal and physical abuse in Toronto's shelters - a problem staff aren't properly trained to deal with, according to a University of Toronto researcher.
06/28/2013 Feature: Toronto: It is Time to Support LGBTQ Homeless Youth
Raising the Roof: A monthly electronic bulletin highlighting what people are doing to put housing back on the public agenda in Ontario,across Canada and around the world.
06/14/2013 CBC News: LGBTQ youth too often end up on the streets
05/29/2013 Why Some Homeless Youth Fear Shelters
(Huffington Post) In recent years, there has been extensive research in the area of youth homelessness both in Canada and internationally. We have seen a great deal of initiatives towards the movement to end youth homelessness. However, there is a lack of insight and interest into the problem of LGBTQ youth homeless in Canada.
04/24/2013 Leading Canadian scholars speak out about youth homelessness
York will host a panel experts on youth homelessness Friday as part of a celebratory launch of a free new e-book looking at how to effectively respond to youth in crisis and prevent them from turning to the streets.
04/19/2013 Homeless LGBTQ youth is focus of doctoral student's research
By Fred Michah Rynor Toronto's downtown may look inviting and exciting but many who live here do not realize these seemingly safe streets are actually home to hundreds of displaced and abandoned youth.
02/11/2013 Dire Gaps in Services for LGBTQ Homeless Youth
Research shows that Toronto needs to become more accessible, supportive, and safe for LGBTQ youth. BY JESS DAVIDSON
01/14/2013 Councillors work to fill emergency shelter shortfall
A group of councillors is planning a last-ditch effort to convince their colleagues to use some of the city's $232 million surplus to prevent "drastic" cuts to emergency shelter and homeless beds during final 2013 budget debates this week.
12/20/2012 In Conversation: Alex Abramovich
Pink Play Magazine - Alex Abramovich is an academic, activist, and artist, combining all three passions into a compelling argument for social change. Currently working on a Ph.D. at University of Toronto, Alex is an advocate for homeless LGBTQ youth and a world based on respect and love.
12/06/2012 Out in the cold
Experts say government cuts have created a 'crisis' for homeless queer youth
11/28/2012 Guest post: LGBTQ youth homelessness: A growing problem in Toronto
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are overrepresented in the homeless youth population. Approximately 12 years ago, it was estimated that 25-40% of homeless youth identified as LGBTQ, but we do not have enough research in Canada to know how much that estimate has changed.
10/10/2012 The precarious existence of Toronto's homeless LGBT youth
Outwords, article by Peter Carlyle-Gordge Being homeless in a big city is not a pleasant prospect. Being homeless and gay, lesbian or trans is even worse. Toronto, which is often a magnet for LGBTQ youth from across Canada and the world, does have youth shelters. But now their future is in question as city council ponders closing some of them.
09/25/2012 Toronto offers little support for LGBT homeless youth
I recently interviewed I. Alex Abramovich for Rabble.ca about the lack of support for LGBT homeless youth in Toronto. I. Alex Abramovich is a Doctoral Candidate in the Adult Education and Community Development program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education-University of Toronto.
08/22/2012 Toronto wants to force gay youth off the streets
Homelessness among queer youth is also a problem in Toronto and GLBT activists are furious with proposals from Coun. Giorgio Mammoliti who plans to do away with the city's shelter system and clear Toronto's sidewalks of the homeless.
07/18/2012 LGBTQ homeless people at risk: Toronto
"People do not have a strong understanding of the connection between homophobia and homelessness," says Alex (Ilona) Abramovich, a PhD candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto.
05/17/2012 Now is the time to increase supports for LGBTQ homeless youth
On Homeless Hub: "President Obama's recent endorsement of marriage equality gives much hope to millions of people in the queer community, however, there is still much more work to be done, especially with regards to the extremely high number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth who are bullied, abused, kicked out, and forced to leave home due to homophobia and transphobia."
04/27/2012 LGBTQ youth homelessness on the Homeless Hub (I. Alex Abramovich) [Video]
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are overrepresented in the homeless youth population. It has been estimated that approximately 25-40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ.
04/11/2012 OISE Spotlight
Featured in the spotlight section of the OISE homepage
09/09/2011 New LGBT youth facility guided by Cyndi Lauper should serve as model for Toronto
The six-storey housing facility is built. The residents are settling into their studio apartments. And the life skills coach is gearing up to begin job-training services. ...
05/02/2011 Shelters needed for LGBTQ homeless youth
A monthly electronic bulletin highlighting what people are doing to put housing back on the public agenda in Ontario,across Canada and around the world.
02/11/2011 Gimme Shelter: Housing Without Hate
Queeriesmag.com is an online magazine geared towards Canadian Queer Women and other lovely Like-Minded Folks. Article by Melissa Benner
12/13/2010 Visioning underway for gay homeless youth shelter
Article by Rob Salerno
12/13/2010 Group works to establish shelter for homeless LGBTQ
Article by Aileen Donnelly
12/11/2010 Gimme Shelter: The quest for Toronto's first emergency shelter serving queer and trans youth
Article by Ryan English
06/08/2010 Out of the Cold: Transsexual Homelessness in Toronto
Article by Dylan Franks, Dispatches International
03/18/2010 Campus Screen: Local and Canadian student filmmakers shine at the U of T Film Festival
Article by Mersiha Gadzo, published in Varsity Magazine, U of T
03/15/2010 Queer street youth grapple with issues heterosexual counterparts do not, experts say
Article by Lauren Mitsuki, published in Diverse(City)
08/20/2009 Gay dropouts say street is only option
Article by Laurie Monsebraaten, published in the Toronto Star: Some find their sexual orientation an additional barrier within already limited services for homeless
00/00/0000 Feature: Toronto: It is Time to Support LGBTQ Homeless Youth
Raising the Roof: A monthly electronic bulletin highlighting what people are doing to put housing back on the public agenda in Ontario,across Canada and around the world.