Côté, P.-B. et Blais, M. (2019). Between resignation, resistance and recognition: A qualitative analysis of LGBTQ+ youth profiles of homelessness agencies utilization. Children and Youth Services Review, 100, 437-443.
Despite the overrepresentation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) youth in the context of homelessness, little information is available on their utilization of homelessness agencies. Using a qualitative approach, this study aimed to identify homelessness agency use profiles among LGBTQ+ youth. Individual interviews were conducted with seventeen LGBTQ+ youths aged 17 to 25 years experiencing homelessness. Three profiles were identified: 1) resigning oneself to using homelessness agencies to meet basic needs and assure one’s survival despite potential heteronormative and cisnormative victimization; 2) resisting homelessness agencies to protect oneself from heteronormative and cisnormative victimization; and 3) having a positive experience marked by feelings of acceptance and recognition within homelessness agencies. These results highlight the importance of rethinking institutional policies in homelessness organizations to eliminate heteronormative and cisnormative biases and to foster the harmonious inclusion and integration of LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness.