Every year June marks the official start of Gay Pride. As the CEO/President of the Los Angeles Youth Network it is not only important to show support of the youth we serve but celebrate their diversity. Nationally, 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. While this number is staggering, LAYN is here to accept all youth no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity. Not only do LGBTQ youth face violence or the threat of violence if they come out, but 40% of transgender individuals attempt suicide at least once in their lifetime.

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In early April, I had the opportunity to attend the California Coalition for Youth's (CCY) Taking Action Conference 2017 in Sacramento with two youth from LAYN. This two-day conference goal is to empower youth, youth advocates, and staff and leadership with strategies to create change and improve the lives of California's disconnected, runaway and homeless youth.

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