Understanding the causes of homelessness can help us support LGBTQ+ young people out homelessness for good.
akt wasn’t set up to be a long-running charity. But, 34 years later, LGBTQ+ young people are still experiencing hostility, violence and other forms of prejudice which lead to homelessness.
With almost a quarter of homeless young people identifying as LGBTQ+, our services are now more vital than ever.
#whyweexist campaign 2023:
Over 24% of young people experiencing homelessness in the UK identify as LGBTQ+. Despite LGBTQ+ young people being disproportionately affected by homelessness, LGBTQ+ youth homelessness is still treated as a marginal issue.
In 2023, it is unacceptable that so many young LGBTQ+ people are still facing rejection, abuse, homelessness and struggling to get the support they deserve.
A charity like akt that supports LGBTQ+ young people living in hostile environments or experiencing homelessness, should not need to exist. Like many members of the LGBTQ+ Community, we are frustrated.
For this campaign, we wanted to show have far we have come but also how much of fight we still have left when it comes to making sure every LGBTQ+ young person is able to live freely and access safe and affordable housing.
LGBTQ+ stories and the challenges our community faces don’t begin and end at LGBTQ+ History Month or Pride Month, they are year round. That is #WhyWeExist.