About one in four homeless people is thought to be LGBT. But Chabahn, who became homeless last year aged 51, said it was very, very, dangerous to be open about being LGBT on the streets. “In some places where I stayed you could hear it in some people’s conversation – it’s almost hatred and it’s almost disgust, in their jokes and their conversation,” he said. In fact, he said, he had heard that in one hostel, four men had been raped because it had been discovered that they had been gay. Chabahn said living on the streets with knowledge of those attitudes was not easy, in an an already-difficult situation.
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