National Student Pride is such an important event in the LGBT+ youth calendar, so it was amazing to be the sponsored charity for the event.

Taking place at the University of Westminster in London, we met so many enthusiastic young LGBT+ students who were interested in helping AKT in any way they could, and the potential shown by these students was outstanding.

We’re at #studentpride ! Come and say hi at our stall 🌈

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As well hosting a stall at the venue, alongside Attitude Magazine some of our young people hosted a panel discussion about LGBT+ youth homelessness. They shared their stories on stage and helped raise awareness of an issue that is not often openly discussed. 

Following on from the event, it was clear that the Student Pride team were determined to continue supporting AKT, with a sponsored sleep-out organised. Raising money for AKT, their night on the streets helped raise awareness of the huge toll being homeless can have on a person- the extreme temperatures, intense vulnerability and lack of sleep are just a few of the factors young homeless people face on a day-to-day basis.

To sleep in the open where it's not safe, lots of noise and in all weathers must be so hard on the body and mind. I am glad I have done my little bit to help out.

We would like to congratulate and thank them for their bravery and commitment to raising awareness of LGBT+ youth homelessness, and we look forward to next year’s Student Pride!