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  • UK: LGBT homeless crisis as family issues bite

    An increasing number of young LGBT people are facing nights out sleeping
    rough because they have nowhere else to go, according to a report from
    homeless charity Nightstop North East.

    The charity, which is part of the national organisation Depaul UK, helps young
    homeless people aged 16–25 to find a safe place to stay for the night by
    placing them with a member of the community. They also host safe emergency
    accommodation for vulnerable young people.

    Volunteer coordinator Joe Kirwin says: ‘What this means in practice is that
    hosts provide a warm bed for the night, an evening meal, a place of safety
    and a listening ear.

    ‘On average, one in four homeless people are LGBT, and despite changes
    in society and young LGBT people feeling comfortable to come out at an
    early age, the reality is that when they do, they are still greeted with the same
    level of homophobia and transphobia at home or school. It is estimated that
    around 60 per cent of young people become homeless as a result of family

    Nightstop volunteers range from families and couples to single people living
    on their own. They are always fully vetted and receive out-of-pocket expenses,
    training and support. No previous experience is needed – just a spare room
    and a desire to help a young person going through a rough time.

    If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer host or would
    just like more information please visit
    their website, call 0191 253 6161
    or email

    Meanwhile, London based LGBT homeless charity The Albert Kennedy Trust
    (AKT) has awarded legal firm Linklaters LLP its Corporate Supporter of the
    Year award, recognising the fundraising and support the firm has provided in
    the past 12 months.

    Help from Linklaters has included offering pro-bono legal support, hosting the
    AKT’s youth conference, and HR support, including the facilitation of AKTs first
    staff survey, review of policies and providing a staff member to sit on the trust’s
    HR working group.

    Richard Hodgson, banking partner and co-chair of Linklaters’ LGBT Network,
    said: ‘Our relationship with AKT has gone from strength to strength. This is due
    in no small part to our active volunteers both across the LGBT network and
    around the office in London. We’re only too happy to use our resources to help
    vulnerable young people and hope that our ongoing relationship continues to
    support them.’

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