25 year-old, gay man, LeÕQuann in the apartment he has just moved into two days earlier. LeÕQuann spent three years homeless. Before moving into this apartment in Queens he was staying at Trinity Place Shelter. Trinity Place Shelter is a non-sectarian, 10-bed transitional shelter that provides LGBTQ youth and young adults with a safe place to sleep, shower, eat and store belongings. Trinity Place Shelter provides a unique home and family-like environment where youth receive individualized care, respect, and the basic services so often denied them. Having such a space, staffed by professional social workers, supports our residents in gaining the skills and confidence needed to exit homelessness and begin to live into their dreams. In 2012 the Williams Institute estimated that of all homeless youth, 40% LGBTQI+. The US Interagency Council on Homelessness says the number is closer to 20%-40%. Behind the scenes photography and video and assistant: Alison Lippy, Allison@allisonlippy.com, Phone +1 410 967 1096. Photography and video by Robin Hammond, pitures@robinhammond.co.uk. Editor: Mallory Benedict, Mallory.Benedict@natgeo.com, +1 202.791.1282. 02 February 2019

Le’Quann /

“I’m OK

Someone like me is always OK. Or at least that’s what I tell people. It’s hard to relate with such a structured life but in my life I was mentally abused always being the blame when you are told you have to be masculine it stuck with me when every word you hear is “It’s your fault” I grew to take the blame for everything. Always saying sorry or I’m ok, not being allowed to cry because “you’re a man”. Growing up always covering my mouth is a defense of mine as you pay close attention to me. Always look into my eyes cause they hold the story I hide.”

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