The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT) has been named the chosen charity for the 2013 festival after a series of nominations. Bristol Pride are keen to support AKT, their work and the worrying reports on the lack of support and awareness of the LGBT youth homelessness crises.
As well as helping raise awareness of the work that the trust is doing in the area, Pride hope to showcase regional delivery partners and to provide increased opportunities to access to services for LGBT young people. We’ll also be lobbying local service providers and commissioning bodies on these issues and ensuring they know that many young people will not use mainstream provisions for fear of homophobia and transphobia from other service users or even the service itself.
AKT’s Mission is to ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people are able to live in accepting, supportive and caring homes, by providing a range of services to meet the individual needs of those who would otherwise be homeless or living in a hostile environment.
We’re really pleased to be working with the Albert Kennedy Trust, youth Homelessness is a real issue with young people are still facing high levels of homophobia and transphobia. We hope that Pride can be a platform to raise awareness, challenge this discrimination and provide an opportunity for service providers to be more accessible.
Of the thousands accessing AKT’s services 85% have faced some level of rejection from their own parents. This has to stop and our LGBT young people have to be supported, safe and to know they are not alone.
Find out more about the Albert Kennedy Trust.