LGBT Teen Homelessness in South Florida, Part 1

Jamesly Louis was homeless for two months when he was 16 years old.

Jamesly Louis was homeless for two months when he was 16 years old. (Photo by Christiana Lilly)

Jamesly Louis didn’t know what he was going to do, but bottled up with frustration, anger and sadness, he knew if he went home after school the way he was feeling, he was “going to do something stupid.”

He knew that his assigned counselor didn’t care. The other students who bullied him didn’t care. The teachers who pretended over and over again that it was a harmless scuffle between boys didn’t care. Somehow, the gay 16-year-old boy found his way to his TRUST counselor at Miami Beach Senior high School. Normally there to help students dealing with drugs, she went into action and by midnight that evening, Louis called Covenant House in Fort Lauderdale his new home.

Read more at South Florida Gay News.

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