The attic creates opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (lgbtq) youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of lgbtq youth in society. The attic is proud to be philadelphias only independent lgbtq youth center. The center of philadelphias gay residential life and culture since world war ii, the blocks between 11th and broad streets and pine and chestnut streets earned their nickname the gayborhood during an october outfest event in 1995. In 2007, philadelphia mayor john street dedicated 36 rainbow street signs around the neighborhood. homeless youth in philadelphia an innovative method for identifying youth experiencing homelessness. Serving our youth findings from a national survey of service providers working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. the philadelphia liberty tennis association has been bringing lgbtq tennis players together in the philadelphia area for a dozen years. In philadelphia, 1 out of every 20 high school students has experienced homelessness. Mcinerney has counseled homeless youth on the rights afforded to them under the 1987 mckinney vento act, which allows children to stay in the same school even if they leave the district due to homelessness. The attic youth center is the only organization in philadelphia exclusively serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (lgbtq) youth. The attics goal is to reduce the isolation felt by lgbtq youth by providing a sense of community and developing programs and services to counteract the prejudice and oppression that lgbtq youth often face. Being gay, of course, is not a mental illness, but support groups can often benefit from professional leadership. Gay support groups for the families and friends of gay people can offer help with 1.