Operating the only city-funded emergency shelter for homeless youth, Covenant House traces its mission to God's word, which the Catholic group says "calls us to serve suffering children of the street, and to protect and safeguard all children." The question is whether homeless gay and transgender kids will use the beds and services Covenant House, which started in 1972 and provides a variety of social services, offers at its Crisis Center on West 41st Street. One night last week, at an independent shelter in Brooklyn, the mere mention of Covenant House had a transgender youth named Misty Murray insisting she'd never go there. "You know how many horror stories I've heard about that... More >>>