St. Stephen’s BE YOU Group Seeks to Raise Awareness of LGBTQ+ Homeless Teens

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beyou1It’s a startling number. Of the 1.3 million unaccompanied homeless youth in the United States, between 20 and 40 percent identify as Gay, Lesbian Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning. (source: National Conference of State Legislatures)

Given their large numbers and discrimination they face, some from their own families who have kicked them out, a youth group at St. Stephen’s in Lynn called BE YOU has transformed the art installation on their lawn representing teen homelessness to one representing the LGBTQ+ teen homeless as the Massachusetts State Legislature considers whether to fund a new act promoting and supporting services for unaccompanied homeless youth.

Youth involved in the project include Alex Hernandez, Camille San Gabriel, Jackie Williams, Jaleem Alicea, Selena Brown, Selena Garraud, Shay Reynolds, Skyla Begen, & Veronica Baity.

Adult staff include Diocesan Intern Daniel Bell, St. Stephen’s Youth Minister Jason Cruz, and the Reverend Sarah Van Gulden. For more information, visit


See Happens’ coverage last year, when the house was first installed.

Below: Last year’s video

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