Up to 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. Founded in 1998, ISIS House remains one of the only programs for LGBTQ homeless youth in the Pacific Northwest.
Untold numbers of these young people have been kicked out for coming out — for being who they are — or even at the least suspicion. Others only had it made clear that they simply weren't welcome in their own homes.
On the streets, LGBTQ youth are in particular danger. They face seven times the likelihood of violence as do their straight peers. They are twice as likely to commit suicide. About 60% have been found to have attempted it.
They endure everything any homeless youth does, with additional dangers and prejudice they shouldn't have to. At ISIS, they learn — too often, for the first time in their lives — that identity is a right.
ISIS House receives funding from Pride Foundation, the City of Seattle, King County, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.