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Larkin Street Stories: Youth Identity

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Youth accessing homeless services at Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco can choose to self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT).

This 10-minute video is the third in a three-part series about Larkin Street Youth Services, a shelter for youth experiencing homelessness in San Francisco. Larkin Street Stories captures Larkin staff working to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth who lack housing. Visit SAMHSA's YouTube channel to access a version of Larkin Street Stories: Youth Identity with closed captioning and a transcript.

In this episode, Larkin staff discuss the importance of allowing youth to self-identify and why it’s best to avoid making assumptions about a client’s sexuality. Loch McHale, Larkin’s chief of services, explains how the organization’s intake form is inclusive of all identities.

To best serve this population, treatment and service providers need to be aware of the unique needs of LGBT youth. SAMSHA works to expand health services and improve service delivery and outcomes for the LGBT community. Learn more about LGBT youth experiencing homelessness and social inclusion.

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Last Updated: 04/09/2020