Date of Award
Master of Arts in Community Development and Planning (CDP)
International Development, Community and Environment
Laurie Ross, Ph.D.
Robert Zarges, Ph.D.
LGBTQ youth are at a much higher risk for experiencing homelessness, victimization, abuse, and disconnection from social and medical services than their non-LGBTQ peers. This research paper uses a mixed-methods approach to identify the specific needs of unaccompanied LGBTQ youth in Worcester, Massachusetts, and how the youth service sector can better meet the needs of this population. Analysis of data from unaccompanied LGBTQ youth and the providers who serve them revealed a disconnect between service providers, and a lack of resources that accommodate the intersections of homelessness and LGBTQ identities. LGBTQ youth in Worcester are more at risk of experiencing chronic homelessness, trauma, and having unmet service needs. This study was conducted with the purpose of connecting and coordinating the myriad of youth resources in this city, and improving their accessibility for unaccompanied LGBTQ youth in a climate of rising social and political conservatism.
Kellman, Molly, "Underserved and Unaccompanied: LGBTQ Youth, Meeting the Intersecting Needs of Youth Homelessness and LGBTQ Identities in Worcester, MA" (2018). International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE). 204.