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AKT Launch Summer Appeal with Frankie's Story

The Albert Kennedy Trust today launched ‘Frankie’s Story’, the latest in a powerful series of ‘No Room For Hate’ campaign videos. This new Summer appeal highlights the essential support and protection that is desperately needed by young LGBT people who are homeless or living in hostile environments - currently numbering 4,800 in the UK. AKT hope the campaign will raise awareness of LGBT youth homelessness, as well as vital funds.

This latest campaign video has again been produced by internationally renowned film-maker Phil Griffin, and is a powerful reminder of the hardship faced by far too many young LGBT people. Francesca Martinelli (Frankie), who is featured in this video, is a young person that AKT was successfully able to support. 

Tim Sigsworth, Chief Executive of The Albert Kennedy Trust said: “Frankie’s story is just one of many we hear on a daily basis at AKT. In most cases young people have been driven out of their family homes because of parental rejection, abuse from within the family, and aggression or violence. It’s unacceptable. There should be no room for hate.”

AKT are encouraging people to give what they can at www.akt.org.uk/noroomforhate

£5 will provide a young person with a mobile phone top-up to ensure they have access to support 
wherever they are.

£25 will provide a young person with an emergency support pack; including everything they need to keep safe for one night.

Donations to the Summer appeal will also go towards developing inter-AKT, a unique online support service for vulnerable young LGBT people.

AKT provides safe homes – from emergency accommodation, to homes with Carers, mentoring, training and support to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 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.
 

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