With hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ teens becoming homeless every year, organizations like The Ally Coalition (TAC) are stepping up to advance LGBTQ rights in communities across the United States. The Got Ur # crew recently spoke with Bleachers singer Jack Antonoff and various members of TAC on the importance of providing a support system for LGBTQ youth.
"About 40 percent of homeless teens are LGBTQ because they're being kicked out of their homes, or they're living in unsafe environments. It's a really important issue that's not being discussed very often," Antonoff explains. "The need is unbelievable, and anything we can do to be a part of it is important."
TAC, a nationwide organization that uses "music, fashion and entertainment communities" to advocate for LGBTQ tolerance, works mostly with shelters and high school teens.
Jess Bowen, drummer for pop rock band the Summer Set, stressed the significance of such communities, explaining, "When I was growing up, I didn't have an organization like this to look up to."