Runaway and Cast Off: One LGBT Teen’s Story

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St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church

Levi Sharpe

A woman sleeps on a bench in front of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. The church provides services to LGBT homeless youth.

Since he was 16, Ivan Cabrera has been spending time at New Alternatives, a drop-in center for 16- to 24-year-olds who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender — and homeless. He goes there almost every Sunday for a free meal, HIV testing and a talk with other clients and caseworkers.

Cabrera calls the people there his family . . .

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