The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), the UK’s LGBT youth homelessness charity, has launched its Summer campaign No Room For Hate.

Shockingly, 24% of youth facing homelessness in the UK today identity as LGBT, and 77% experience rejection/abuse at home just for being brave enough to come out to their parents.  AKT believe no young person should have to choose between a safe home and being who they are. 

AKT is encouraging people to take part in #NoRoomForHate Day, sharing messages, pictures and videos in support of the campaign - all of which are available here.

The No Room For Hate campaign aims to highlight the issues around LGBT youth homelessness and help us to  provide ‘safe homes’ to young people; and raise money so we can continue to offer our life-saving services. Six hard-hitting campaign videos have been produced featuring young people who have been supported by AKT. We’d encourage everyone to share these videos across social media. 

Tim Sigsworth, Chief Executive of AKT said: “Our No Room For Hate campaign is an important reminder that whilst the sun is shining and we are celebrating Pride season, young people still face the risk of homelessness and abuse just for being brave enough to come out to their families. Please support us and help prevent lifetimes of homelessness by donating and sharing our campaign this Summer.”

Jayde, 26, a young person supported by AKT in the past and featuring in one of the campaign videos, said: “I can talk to AKT about anything, and it feels like they’re my family. AKT can help young people’s lives in so many ways. I hope that I can return to AKT one day and be so successful, and show them that they can be proud of me and what I’ve accomplished. I wouldn’t be able to do it without them.”

Disney UK kindly produced and edited the campaign videos and some of our young people and volunteers had an amazing day exploring their headquarters in London. You can watch the videos on our Youtube channel here.

You can also tweet your support using the #NoRoomForHate hashtag.

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