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Rally calls for more assistance for homeless LGBT youth

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — The sun was blazing down on all those who attended, but the energy was electric at the LGBT Rally for Homeless Youth.

The rally was attended by homeless youth and iconic New Yorkers.

Crewsean Smalls told PIX11 he’s homeless. Smalls says right now, he’s staying with a friend. He is rallying for more beds.

“There should be way more options,” said Smalls.

On Monday night, at a rally in Washington Square Park, dozens gathered calling for more beds for homeless youth, especially for LGBT youth.

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The Mayor’s office says the new budget invests money for 100 new crisis shelter beds.

The rally’s speakers included New Yorker Edie Windsor, the woman who fought the United States last year, and made history when the Supreme Court ruled in her favor granting federal benefits to same sex married couples.

The rally launched the National Campaign for Youth Shelter.

A spokesperson for Mayor Bill de Blasio told PIX11 News that the Mayor is “committed to providing every New Yorker who needs it a bed to sleep on each night in a safe space, which is why the Mayor’s proposed executive budget invests in 100 new crisis shelter beds for runaway and homeless youth, nearly a quarter of which are specifically allocated for LGBTQ youth.”