Over 24% of young people experiencing homelessness in the UK identify as LGBTQ+. Despite LGBTQ+ young people being disproportionately affected by homelessness, LGBTQ+ youth homelessness is still treated as a marginal issue.
In 2023, it is unacceptable that so many young LGBTQ+ people are still facing rejection, abuse, homelessness and struggling to get the support they deserve.
A charity like akt that supports LGBTQ+ young people living in hostile environments or experiencing homelessness, should not need to exist. Like many members of the LGBTQ+ Community, we are frustrated.
For this campaign, we also wanted to show have far we have come but also how much of fight we still have left when it comes to making sure every LGBTQ+ young person is able to live freely and access safe and affordable housing. Watch our video which maps a timeline of political and historical landmarks that have impacted queer life in the UK and beyond.
LGBTQ+ stories and the challenges our community faces don’t begin and end at LGBTQ+ History Month or Pride Month, they are year round. That is #WhyWeExist
On 15th June we will be holding an event in parliament, where we will be asking MPs to support akt and our work. But we need your help getting there.
We are asking everyone who sees this to write to their MP to put LGBTQ+ youth homelessness on the map, and to ask them to attend our event. Just fill in your postcode and hit send and you’ll be making a huge difference to the lives of LGBTQ+ young people at risk of homelessness or living in hostile environments. Thank you!