And as a PFLAG facilitator, I can attest to the fact that it is still happening. I simply cannot fathom any parent doing this, but they do.
About 40% of homeless youth are LGBT and nearly all homeless youth service providers in the U.S. now serve LGBT youth, according to a comprehensive report on LGBT youth homelessness released Thursday.
Nearly seven in 10 (68%) respondents indicated that family rejection was a major factor contributing to LGBT youth homelessness, making it the most cited factor. More than half (54%) of respondents indicated that abuse in their family was another important factor contributing to LGBT homelessness.
Statistically, LGBT youth make up no more than 10% of that population segment, yet total 40% of homeless youth.
And from my perspective, religion is a major factor in a majority of these cases, which explains why my involuntary gag reflex response kicks in each time I hear some anti-gay preacher talking about "Family Values".
Family Values my arse!