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Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:32

Tiffany Cocco, A Young Lesbian Homeless Made The Cover Of A New York Newspaper

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Today, in the headlines of the Village Voice, you could discover the 100 most powerless New Yorkers oppose to all most powerful lists which are always about rich and famous people.

The Village Voice has decided to talk about people like you and me, and among them we find the number 22, Tiffany Cocco, a young lesbian homeless.

As shown in the list, Tiffany sounded damn powerful when she spoke about LGBT youth homelessness at a recent Union Square rally. But she also talked about the beauty of waking up to the sun rising in Far Rockaway after spending the night on the A train. Cocco (and nearly 4,000 homeless youth, who are disproportionately LGBT) has to fight for one of less than 300 shelter beds for homeless kids. Of those on the street, about 20 percent become HIV-positive.

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The budget to help combat homelessness has gone down under Mayor Bloomberg's tenure, while rates of homelessness (and his personal wealth) have consistently risen.

People often forget that a high percentage of homeless young gays, lesbians and transgender people who have been kicked off from their homes by their parents.

A few years ago, actress Kate Moennig (Shane from The L Word) was part of a documentary about the Hetrick Martin Institute called “My Address: A Look at Gay Youth Homelessness” in New York.

Moennig discovers the center and the personal stories of young people who have lost their homes.

You can watch the documentary here (be sure to have a tissue): https://vimeo.com/65945002

Photo credit: Caleb Ferguson Cocco

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