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Exhibition in the Underground Gallery: “Invisible: The Crisis of LGBT Youth Homelessness” by Photojournalist Samantha Box

October 1, 2010 December 18, 2010 EDT

Across America, a disproportionate share of the tragedy of youth homelessness falls on those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Mostly poor and minority, many of these young people come from homes marred by instability, conflict, abuse, neglect, and parental drug use. Coming out as LGBT often was the final factor that forced them from their homes. Caught at the intersection of race, poverty, gender expression and sexuality, these young adults fight to find their way through a society that chooses not to see or help them. In 2005, Samantha Box began photographing the residents of Sylvia’s Place- New York City’s only emergency shelter for homeless LGBT youth. Its 30 beds comprise about half of the shelter space specifically designated for the thousands of homeless young LGBT people in the city. Using the shelter as a “home base,” she spent countless hours with these young people, bearing witness to hidden and intimate aspects of their existence.

The exhibit is on view from October 1 through December 18, 2010. An artist reception will be held on November 19, in conjunction with a fundraiser for the Youth Media Sanctuary which will feature a LGBTQ Human Rights Vigil and a Hip Hop Concert.

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Troy, 12181 United States
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