We are a dedicated advocacy group promoting awareness and inclusivity for the LGBTQ+ community. We address unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals, both those experiencing homelessness and in general, advocating for their full inclusion into society. Join us in creating a more inclusive and compassionate community for everyone.

Together, we can create a world where every LGBTQ+ individual has a place to call home.

End LGBTQ+ homelessness now!

DC boasts the highest percentage of LGBTQIA+ individuals in the nation, and it’s more than just LGBTQIA+-friendly; it’s a haven for our community. We’re committed to standing up for and supporting LGBTQIA+ individuals, especially those who are unhoused or at risk of homelessness.

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“Come as you are has always been a driving principle for us.” – Jean-Michel Giraud, Friendship President/CEO


Understanding their LGBTQ clients is important to the people at Friendship Place


The Pride flag is pretty, but if there isn’t an understanding of how to treat the people it represents, that rectangular rainbow is just a well-intentioned piece of fabric. That’s the mind-set behind an effort by the homelessness charity Friendship Place to better serve its LGBTQ+ clients.

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Insights from Our Most Recent Webinar

On June 4th members of our group explored the systemic issues and societal stigmas that contribute to LGBTQ+ homelessness, as well as the barriers to accessing support services and safe housing. Through real-life stories and data-driven insights, we examined the disproportionate rates of homelessness among LGBTQ+ youth and adults, and the impact of discrimination, family rejection, and economic instability on their well-being. If you missed our webinar or would like to watch it again, it’s available on Friendship Place’s YouTube page at: Pride Amidst Hardship: LGBTQ+ Homelessness and the Road to Equality

Your voice matters.

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Raise awareness: Purchase a tee, stand up for LGBTQ+ homeless rights!


The proceeds from your t-shirt purchase will directly fund the LGBTQ+ Work Group at Friendship Place, aiding in their efforts to increase awareness of LGBTQ+ homelessness. Your contribution will support essential programs and initiatives aimed at providing shelter, resources, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ individuals experiencing homelessness, helping to create safer and more inclusive communities for all.

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Current Collaborating Partners

Group Leaders

Chris Cannedy serves as the Community Engagement Manager at Friendship Place.  Since joining the organization in 2019, he has become a pivotal figure in bridging the gap between the community and Friendship Place. Chris finds immense joy in facilitating connections between community supporters and the organization. As the co-chair of Friendship Place’s LGBTQ+ Work Group, he champions inclusivity and ensures that everyone, regardless of background, feels welcome and supported. With his leadership and genuine compassion, Chris embodies the values of Friendship Place and continues to make a profound impact on the lives of those experiencing homelessness in the DC area.

Scarlet Levy is the Youth and Young Adult Specialist for Friendship Place’s “Before Thirty” program. Ms. Levy began her work in LGBTQ+ activism over a decade ago and has continued these efforts by collaborating with local organizations to advocate for inclusive policies and LGBTQ+ education. She has participated in social media campaigns and public speaking engagements that amplify the unique experiences of LGBTQ+ homeless youth and migrant communities. Ms. Levy hopes to dismantle barriers by fostering community connections while simultaneously creating lasting, systematic change. Her vision remains unwavering: a world where every LGBTQ+ individual finds acceptance, safety, and a place to call home.


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Your Donation Helps End Homelessness!

Your support for Friendship Place has a lasting impact. In 2023, our programs ended or prevented homelessness for 4,993 people, including 1,507 children in families and 670 veterans. We empowered 167 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness to get jobs through innovative, state-of-the-art job placement services. Make a donation today in support of our work to end homelessness. Questions? Please feel free to call our fundraising office, 202.957.7834.

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