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For more than a decade, social service providers, officials and Covenant House (CH) clients have been frustrated with the discriminatory treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) homeless kids by CH staff.

On this site, you will encounter evidence that will support the conclusion that GLBT kids are targeted by CH staff and that this practice results in:

You will hear from providers as they recount the story of how CH staff withheld HIV treatment from transgender kids. You will hear how staff have targeted intersex, gay and lesbian kids for cruel treatment that  resulted in the kids becoming victims of human trafficking. You will hear about how this behavior nearly destroyed … and in some cases, completely destroyed the lives of these homeless children.

For more than a decade, the Houston GLBT community has attempted to address these documented problems with CH. Currently, CH is refusing to even discuss the possibility of implementing anti-bullying policy to protect GLBT kids. We, the Houston GLBT community, are tried of allowing this behavior to continue. We are therefore going public and hoping that you will listen to what clients, social service providers, organizations and public officials have to say about Covenant House Houston’s treatment of GLBT youth.

Please join with us in demanding that Covenant House Houston institute explicit policy that protects GLBT homeless kids in their care from discrimination, physical brutality and bullying.

4 Comments

  1. Andrea N. Moore

    November 23, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

    Covenant House Texas is a non-profit human service organization which provides emergency shelter, crisis intervention, transitional housing and community-based services to all homeless, runaway and at risk youths under the age of 21. CHT does not practice nor does it tolerate ethnic, racial or sexual bias or discrimination.
    I have served on the CHT Board of Directors and as their legal counsel for more than 17 years and would welcome the opportunity, on behalf of CHT, to meet with you, representatives of the Transgender Foundation of America and the City of Houston to partner in better serving the needs of GLBT youth in the Houston community.
    As CHT feels that all youths should be provided safe shelter, I would also welcome your assistance in my investigating any instances where it is thought that specific youths have been improperly or ill-treated.
    Sincerely,
    Andrea N. Moore
    P.S. While CHT and the homeless of Houston certainly could have benefitted from a $20,000 donation from Lady Gaga, that donation unfortunately was not made to our organization.

  2. admin

    November 26, 2010 @ 7:16 pm

    @Andrea: Thank you for cutting and pasting your previous response of several days ago to this public forum.

    Please read:

    http://covhou.com/2010/11/exclusive-covenant-house-responds/

    I would be grateful if you would take time to read the responses from community leaders and public officials and agree to meet with us instead of simply copy and pasting previous responses.

  3. Danny Malone

    January 14, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    if mr. marks is still a employee there, the board of directors, the ED are all just as gulity. some one needs to go there and see what really goes on there beleive it more than just the transgender being bullied and abused by staff, they are so unprofessional on a visit there staff was eating at the door as you walk in, staff was in offices visiting there was not ANY interaction with those Kids, they were doing every thing from eating doing hair you name it. The kids there are suffering not the staff they are getting a check regardless.

  4. Romeo

    January 15, 2011 @ 3:13 am

    please contact me URGENT im an imigrant in cov , contact me ASAP (i have a story)

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