The Albert Kennedy Trust is the UK’s LGBT youth homelessness charity. Providing support from emergency accommodation to homes with Carers, mentoring, training and support to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Many of the young people we work with have experienced rejection, abuse and/or violence.

The Albert Kennedy Trust was founded in 1989 in Manchester by a group of activists led by Cath Hall, at a time when lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people (LGBT) faced high levels of hostility and oppression. The Albert Kennedy Trust was established to support LGBT young people aged up to 25 facing homelessness or living in a hostile environment at home or at school. Now, The Albert Kennedy Trust has centres in Manchester, Newcastle and London. Last year we provided 8,000 nights off the streets, over 1,000 hours of mentoring and worked intensively with over 750 young people. None of this would be possible without the support of a dedicated team of volunteers across the country, who give 10,500 hours of volunteer support each year from fund- raising, volunteer mentoring, helping us maintain our Purple Door houses and much more.

There are 15,000-20,000 homeless young people in the UK today with up to 24% estimated to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans. 69% of homeless LGBT young people have experienced abuse and violence from their family after coming out to them.

It costs AKT just £25 to provide one night’s emergency support for a young person or £12,000 to place them with Carers for a year of their life. Your generous support tonight will change the lives of hundreds of young people who will now get the start in life they deserve.

AKT believe that LGBT youth homelessness is the biggest human crisis facing the LGBT community in this country.

LGBT Homelessness In The UK

  • 4,800 young LGBT people currently living on the streets or in hostile environments in the UK.
  • 77% of young people believed their coming out to their parents was the main contributory factor to their homelessness.
  • The top five issues presented by young LGBT homeless people are: family rejection; mental health issues; alcohol abuse; homophobic bullying; and sexual exploitation.
  • 25% of total youth homeless population in UK identify as LGB or T - an unacceptable over-representation.
  • Whilst homeless, they are significantly more likely to experience targeted violence, sexual exploitation, substance misuse, and physical/mental health problem that other homeless youth
  • At The Albert Kennedy Trust we believe there’s no room for hate, and pledge to be there for young LGBT people, to make sure they have the start in life that deserve, and a roof over their head.
  • Last year AKT provided over 8,000 bed nights for young LGBT homeless people, with 83% placed in safe homes.
  • You can support the work of AKT at www.akt.org.uk/noroomforhate

No Room For Hate

Links to current AKT campaign videos:

Ash’s Story: https://youtu.be/3zmYg2e2oIw
Jovanie’s Story: https://youtu.be/QyLd501Y0to
Frankie’s Story: https://youtu.be/vXHvVJ_BUqw
Lexi’s Story: https://youtu.be/sG0yH6MXmAU
No Room For Hate: https://youtu.be/Mr6od4pzo68
Celebrity Video: https://youtu.be/YuWzylS4Rt0