Today, as we observe the National Trans Day of Remembrance, it is a poignant moment for us at the Homeless Children's Network (HCN) to reflect on our ongoing commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community. This day is not just about remembrance; it's also about action and understanding – values that are deeply ingrained in the work we do at HCN.
At HCN, we recognize that individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community, particularly those who are Black and transgender, are often among the first to be overlooked in conversations about homelessness and mental health. This oversight is not just a gap in services; it's a gap in our social fabric that we at HCN are determined to address. We strive to understand and meet the unique needs of all the families and individuals we serve, including the LGBTQIA+ community. This understanding is crucial because LGBTQIA+ individuals, especially Black transgender youth, face distinct challenges and forms of discrimination that contribute to higher rates of homelessness and mental health issues.
To deepen our impact and extend our reach within this community, HCN is proud to introduce a new initiative: the LGBTQIA+ DKI Program, spearheaded by Kendra in our Ma'at Program. Kendra's role is not just administrative; it's deeply personal and reflective. Through this program, we aim to tailor our services to meet the specific needs of Black LGBTQIA+ youth, a group that often finds themselves at the intersection of multiple layers of marginalization. You can follow Kendra's journey through her monthly blog posts. You can read her first two articles on our website.
On this National Trans Day of Remembrance, we remember those we have lost to violence and prejudice. But we also look forward with hope and determination, to a future where every individual, particularly those most vulnerable, finds the respect, care, and support they deserve.