Over the past year, the importance of community has become clearer than ever. Not only have we navigated a pandemic, but those most marginalised within the LGBTQ+ community have continued to face abuse and violence, including LGBTQ+ people of colour and trans and non-binary people.

It’s also been an incredibly difficult time for the LGBTQ+ young people that akt supports, who are living in a hostile environment or are facing homelessness. The majority of these young people have experienced abuse or rejection at home simply for being who they are. During the first lockdown, the number of new young people who needed our help increased by 118 per cent, compared to the same period the year before. And today, our referral numbers continue to rise.

This past year, akt has supported over 700 young people across the country into safe homes and better futures, and have had to increase capacity in our service delivery team to manage this. And this number doesn’t include the young people we have supported and signposted on live chat. We’re expecting the number of young people who need our help to continue rising. And to ensure we can be there for them, we need to work together as a community. We need your help.

Your solidarity and support will enable us to continue our work, to ensure that no young person has to choose between a safe home and being who they are. Thank you.