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Lecture: True Colors: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in America

Thursday, March 7, 2019
12:30pm – 1:45pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

The Spring 2019 semester is co-sponsored by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department (

Today's lecture is entitled, "True Colors: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in America" and presented by Twiggy Pucci Garçon (she/her/hers or they/them/theirs).

Synopsis: According to the True Colors Fund's (NYC),, report Serving Our Youth, service providers from around the country reported that 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBT, and one of the most frequently cited reasons for their housing status is identity based family rejection. The service structure in our country has historically been reactive – meaning that it meets the needs of youth once they are already on the street. While this is a critical part of keeping youth safe, so is a preventative approach. The True Colors Fund seeks to address LGBT youth homelessness holistically, and is committed to working within communities to help build their capacity to keep LGBT young people safe and housed.

Biography: Twiggy has collaborated with artists, filmmakers, academics and policymakers to increase visibility of both creative and sociopolitical agendas. Twiggy served at FACES NY, Inc. in a multitude of roles. With 9+ years of experience in the field of general and specialized health education and direct services, she has extensive knowledge of the needs of the LGBTQ youth population and how to foster relationships with organizations that offer effective quality services.

As Program Director at the True Colors Fund, Twiggy leads their Youth Collaboration programs, aimed at not only elevating youth voices but also creating space for partnerships with young adults to lead the movement to end youth homelessness.

Twiggy has worked as a model & runway trainer, performance artist, and other roles, as featured in major media publications and media outlets such as OUT Magazine, PAPER Magazine, NY Mag, The Huffington Post, The METRO Weekly, and The Advocate. Twiggy was also a featured subject in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ and HBO’s documentary feature film, The OUT List and is the co-writer and one of seven subjects in the Sundance-selected, award-winning documentary, KIKI. They also sit on the Board of Directors for Doc Society and serves as a consultant and choreographer on Ryan Murphy’s hit FX series, POSE. She is also a consulting programmer for Outfest, Newfest, and Outfest Fusion and the Overall Overseer for the Legendary International House of Comme Des Garçon. Twiggy’s continued mission is to elevate the authentic representation of the House|Ballroom Community worldwide.


Rainbow Center (primary), Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Undergraduate Research, UConn Master Calendar, Urban and Community Studies, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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