It took me a decade to get where I am. I tell everyone that my work is a privilege; and that it is so because I love what I do and because I work with an organization that has set itself up with the resources necessary to accomplish its work.
World Health Clinicians (www.worldhealthclinicians.org), also known as WHC for short, is the Norwalk-based health organization that took me on to maintain, enhance and ultimately increase its media exposure around the globe. Locally, here in Connecticut, the organization has provided a safe space for people looking for personalized health care, as well as for people within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities who are looking for specialized care. It does this through its CIRCLE CARE Center (CCC) health clinic and its CIRCLE CARE Center Pharmacy, both of which test, diagnose and treat patients who require even more specialized care as related to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS.
Triangle Community Center is announcing a new supportive housing program to address the issue of homelessness in the LGBTQ community. Everyone is entitled to the safety of a home. The problem of homelessness among LGBTQ youth is an issue that especially affects this community. During the stages of coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transsexual, when support is needed most, the youth of this community is thrown out of their homes and is forced to live on the streets. In today’s general youth population, LGBTQ persons make up about five to ten percent, yet 15 to 25 percent of the homeless youth population. Moreover, in areas where services are more obtainable, such as San Francisco or New York, approximately 40 percent identify as LGBTQ (California Homeless Youth Project, 2014). Living this kind of a lifestyle is incredibly difficult and can lead to several other problems for LGBTQ homeless youth: increase likeliness of sexual victimization, mental problems, unsafe sexual practices, substance abuse, and suicide.Read more
Homelessness has thousands of different faces. It reaches into every corner of our country. It takes an emotional toll, stresses families, and by its very existence denies people the most essential of needs: for shelter and dignity.
These fundamental needs are all to frequently denied to those in the LGBTQ community. On a regular basis, Triangle Community Center fieldscalls from young men and women in need of supportive housing; their parents kicked them out of the house aftercoming out, financial stress, and rejection from a once-stable home environment make these disturbing trends possible.