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How the internet is helping homeless LGBT youth

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A new video, created by Vocativ, shows the impact that the internet can have in helping LGBT young people who have been made homeless in the US.

The short video highlights the stories of a number of residents at the Lost-N-Found shelter in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

LGBT Youth-SpencerOne of the residents – Matthew – speaks of being thrown out of his home by his preacher father, while trans man Spencer was also ostracised by his religious family.

Matthew recounts how helpful the internet was in helping him find somewhere to go: “I was able to get online and just find… That one chance, that one opportunity. My phone really saved my life.”

The shelter was opened in 2011 by Rick Westbrook, who says that: “social media is wonderful” for those who find themselves without a home.

However, Westbrook also notes the dangers of the internet for vulnerable LGBT youth: “[social media] is also a gateway for a lot of the people that prey on our youth. We have a lot of creeps out there.”

Watch the video below:

 

Further information about Lost-N-Found can be found here.

Words Ross Semple, @rosssemple
Images Voactiv

Competition: Win tickets to FINA Diving World Series 2015

Win tickets to FINA Diving World Series 2015

Tom Daley, Jack Laugher and Chris Mears expected

The world’s diving elite return to the London Aquatics Centre, scene of the London 2012 Olympics, for the 2015 FINA Diving World Series.

Building on the success of last year’s event, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will welcome up to 70 athletes from 13 different countries, including World and Olympic Champions, across eight events ranging from women’s and men’s 3m springboard across to 10m platform synchro.

Team GB is expected to be represented by Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley, double Commonwealth Gold medallist Jack Laugher and European Champion Sarah Barrow – as they compete against the cream of the diving world and continue their journey to Rio 2016.

And GT has a pair of tickets to give away to the event on Friday 1 May! To be in with your chance of winning, simply answer the following question…

What was the name of Tom Daley’s hit ITV diving show?

Email your answer to edit@gaytimes.co.uk with TOM DALEY as the title to enter yourself for this ticket giveaway.

Further ticket information can be found by clicking here.

Words William J Connolly, @wjconnolly

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