Every night in this country, over an estimated 400,000 LGBT youth between the ages of 13 and 21 spend the night out on the streets. Many are transgendered young people of color who have been kicked out of their homes or been forced to leave because of serious family problems.
The reality for many of them is that they face violence, isolation, abuse and rape, and often wind up in jail, addicted to drugs or living with HIV. But some resilient kids manage to summon their inner strength and find ways not just to survive, but to thrive.
For almost seven years filmmaker Susi Graf has been working on the documentary “Lost In The Crowd,” an extraordinary film about transgender youth and the celebrated Ballroom Scene in New York City which acts as a refuge and resource for queer youth. The film also features a never before seen interview with the legendary choreographer Willi Ninja filmed shortly before his death.Willi Ninja, was best known for developing Vogueing, a dance style that drew inspiration from models walking the runway that was later popularized by Madonna in her video “Vogue” and by the documentary “Paris is Burning.”
Listen as Susi gives us a look into the challenging lives of homeless LGBT youth, their struggles living in large urban cities and what you can do to help make it better.
If you live in the Chicago area find out how you can help a homeless youth.
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