Over the last few weeks, The Albert Kennedy Trust has been the proud recipient of two awards recognising our work with vulnerable young LGBTQ+ people.

The Gay Times Honours, which were held at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool on 8th November recognise those who have had a tremendous impact on what it means for us to live openly and freely as LGBTQ people in modern Britain. The 13 Honourees each received a specially commissioned piece of artwork created by Ed Firth, which will form a 14-day exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery.

We were thrilled to win the category of Community Champions. LGBT History Month, UK Black Pride, Nicki Dawes, and Them were all nominated for the Honour. We've reproduced the stunning artwork we received here.

Tim Sigsworth MBE and CEO of The Albert Kennedy Trust said of the award: "The Honour is a wonderful recognition of the hard work of the team at AKT, the amazing young people we help every day. It gives an inspiring message of hope to countless young LGBTQ people, whilst raising awareness of the 1 in 4 young homeless people who identify as LGBTQ."

AKT were also the proud recipients of the Hero of the Year award from the StandUp Foundation's StandUp Champion Awards 2018. The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation is the world's first foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying by connecting communities and raising funds to support those doing real-world work to eradicate bullying. Our AKT trustee Simon O’Hara received the award from Ben Cohen himself (left.) We'd like to thank Ben Cohen and his foundation for the huge honour and for raising awareness of the effects of bullying in the LGBTQ+ community.