New research (October 2019) from akt and YouGov shows that over one quarter of adults disagreed that they would feel 'proud' to have an LGBT child.

  • One in ten would feel uncomfortable living at home with their child if they came out as LGBT
  • More than one in ten would not want their child to bring home a same-sex partner
  • One in five would worry about how family members would respond to them having an LGBT child
  • In the UK, one quarter of young people facing homelessness identify as LGBT

Over one quarter of UK adults disagreed that they would feel ‘proud’ to have an LGBT child (26 per cent), according to LGBT youth homelessness charity akt (formerly The Albert Kennedy Trust).

The polling, undertaken with YouGov and across 2109 adults in the UK, asked people how they’d respond in certain scenarios if they were to have a child that came out to them as LGBT.

These figures barely capture the heart-breaking realities we hear every day from the young people that akt is here to support.

It also found that more than one in ten would feel uncomfortable living at home with their child aged under 18 if they came out as LGBT (11 per cent), and an even higher number agreed that they would not want their child to bring home a same-sex partner(14 per cent).

The polling also asked whether respondents would be willing to change the pronouns they used for their child if they came out as transgender, and almost 3 in 10 said they wouldn’t (28 per cent).

On families, one fifth of respondents said they’d worry about how family members would respond to them having an LGBT child.

When asked about education just 59% of UK adults believe that age-appropriate Relationships and Sex Education should include LGBT issues. Almost 3 in 10 UK adults said they feel uninformed on LGBT issues (28 per cent).

Tim Sigsworth, CEO, akt said: ‘These figures barely capture the heart-breaking realities we hear every day from the young people that akt is here to support.

‘Up to a quarter of young homeless people living in the UK identify as LGBT, and 77 per cent of those find themselves in their predicament because of a hostile or unsafe environment at home. People often talk about the ‘unconditional love’ that parents have for their children, however we know first-hand that in many cases, the act of coming out can result in parental rejection and abuse for many young people.

‘akt is here to support LGBTQ+ young people into safe homes and better futures, and work toward a world where no young person has to choose between having a roof over their head and being who they are. 

‘We hope that shedding a light on some of these issues with our polling will help raise awareness and spark something in people to do what they can to help end LGBTQ+ youth homelessness here in the UK.’

Find out how you can support LGBTQ+ young people facing homelessness this winter by visiting www.akt.org.uk/winter.