We are an evidence based organisation that regularly consults all our stakeholder groups, especially young people; engages in research and pilots our ideas.

the lgbtq+ youth homelessness report (2021) is a piece of research that centres the voices and experiences of lgbtq+ young people who have faced any form of homelessness in the last five years.

Click here to download your copy of the report

We spoke to young people about familial abuse and rejection, discrimination in services, the impact of homelessness and their recommendations for making services more inclusive. 

key findings include: 

  • Just 13 per cent of LGBTQ+ young people surveyed felt supported by parents or stepparents while homeless. 
  • One in six (16 per cent) of LGBTQ+ young people who were happy to answer, were forced to do sexual acts against their will by family members before they became homeless. The same number had experienced this with a romantic partner.
  • Almost two thirds (61 per cent) of LGBTQ+ young people who were happy to answer felt frightened or threatened by their family members before they became homeless. One in five experienced this from romantic partners. 
  • Half of LGBTQ+ young people (50 per cent) who were happy to answer said they feared that expressing their LGBTQ+ identity to family members would lead to them being evicted. Almost one in ten (7 per cent) said the same about romantic partners.
  • Two thirds (64 per cent) of LGBTQ+ young people said homelessness made it hard for them to establish or maintain new relationships, including friendships.
  • Almost one fifth (17 per cent) of LGBTQ+ young people felt like they had to have casual sex to find somewhere to stay while they were homeless.
  • Less than half (44 per cent) of LGBTQ+ young people were aware of housing support services the last time they experienced homelessness. Almost one quarter (24 per cent) weren’t aware of any support services available to them.
  • Only 35 per cent of LGBTQ+ young people who have accessed a service whilst homeless recall being asked by service providers to provide information about their gender identity and sexual orientation. Just one third (33 per cent) felt safe to disclose this information.
  • Over half (59 per cent) of LGBTQ+ young people have faced some form of discrimination or harassment while accessing services. 

AKT Reports

LGBT Youth Homelessness: A UK National Scoping of Cause, Prevalence, Response & Outcome (The Albert Kennedy Trust, 2015)

Click here to download a PDF copy of this report.

Other useful reports

Please note that many of the links below are direct PDF downloads.

Bisexual Lives
Dr Kath Browne with Dr Jason Lim

Domestic Violence and abuse and LGBT lives, Dr. Kath Browne

Engaging Families to Support LGBT YouthCaitlin Ryan, Ph.D., A.C.S.W.

Exploring Coping Mediators Between Heterosexist Oppression and Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms Among LGBT PersonsKyle M. Bandermann & Dawn M. Szymanski

High Burden of Homelessness Among Sexual-Minded AdolescentsHeather L. Corliss, PhD, MPH, Carol S. Goodenow, PhD, Lauren Nichols, BA, and S. Bryn Austin, ScD

Homeless LGBTQ Youth - Aug 14 - Urban InstituteMary Cunningham, Michael Pergamit, Nan Astone, Jessica Luna

Homelessness among LGB youth - Implication for subsequent internalizing and externalizing symptomsMargaret Rosario, Eric W. Schrimshaw, Joyce Hunter

Housing and LGBT lives, Dr. Kath Browne with Petra Davis

LGBT Men Who Sell - Exchange SexNick McGlynn with Leela Bakshi, Dr Kath Browne, Arthur Law, Dr Aidan McGarry & Dr Sharif Mowlabocus

Mental Health and LGBT livesDr. Kath Browne with Dr. Jason Lim

Minorities within Minorities - the evidence base relating to groups within the LGBT communityDr. Justin Varney

One Minority at a time - Being black and gayApril Guasp and Hannah Kibirige

Out on My Own - Understanding the experiences and needs of homeless LGBT youthMark Cull, Hazel Platzer, Sue Balloch

Part of the Picture - LGB people's drug and alcohol use in England - 09-11Jez Buffin, Dr Alastair Roy, Heather Willias and Adam Winter

Psychopathology in YP Experiencing Homeless - A Systematic ReviewKate J. Hodgson, BSc, Katherine H. Shelton, PhD, Marianne B.M. van dee Bree, PhD, and Ferenc J. Los

Serving Our Youth - Findings from a national survey of service providers working with LGBT Youth who are homeless or at risk of becoming homelessLaura E. Durso, Gary J. Gates

Sexual exclusion - issues and best practice in LGB housing and homelessnessDeborah Gold

Sexuality and HomelessnessBrenda Roche

Survey of needs and provision 2013 – HomelessWatchPolicy Team, Homeless Link

The Bisexuality Report - Bisexual inclusion in LGBT equality and diversityMeg Barker, Christina Richards, Rebecca Jones, Helen Bowes-Catton & Tracey Plowman (of BiUK) with Jen Yockney (of Bi Community News) and Marchus Morgan (of The Bisexual Index)

The School Report 2017Josh Bradlow, Fay Bartram and April Guasp of Stonewall and Dr Vasanti Jadva of the Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge

Tipping the Iceberg Sept 07Julie Harris and Barbara Robinson

Trans livesDr. Kath Browne with Dr. Jason Lim

Young and Homeless 2013 - Homeless LinkPolicy Team, Homeless Link

Youth Chances - Experiences of LGBTQ Young People in England – MetroTony Furlong


We are always looking to partner with individuals, organisations and academic institutions on ground breaking research and scoping work, which will lead to better outcomes for LGBTQ people. Please contact our CEO to discuss.