LGBT youth homelessness charities the Albert Kennedy Trust and Stonewall Housing have warned of a “dramatic rise” in LGBT children being left homeless by their parents.
The UK-based charities said they had seen a 20% rise in the numbers of young LGBT people seeking its help with homelessness in the UK, from 622 cases in 2012-13, to 750 in 2015-16.
The charity estimates that 4,800 young LGBT people, a figure it says represent up to 24% of the youth homeless population, are now homeless or living in hostile environments.
According to the new report, some young people reported being “beaten out of their homes” by physically violent parents, while others were sent abroad to try and “cure” them of their homosexuality. Some LGBT youth resorted to selling themselves for sex to survive.
“Homeless LGBT young people,” the trust concluded, “are one of the most disenfranchised and marginalized groups within the UK.”
The trust’s chief executive Tim Sigsworth told The Independent: “LGBT people in this country have seen the benefit of many positive changes to legislation in recent years, and to some, it might appear that the big battles have been won. They haven’t been.
“At The Albert Kennedy Trust we are seeing increasing numbers of young LGBT people who are homeless or living in hostile conditions.”
“In most cases, young people have been driven out of their family homes because of parental rejection, abuse from within the family, and aggression or violence. We’re seeing a particular increase in the numbers of young people identifying as trans.”
The report also noted that 83% of homeless youth indicated that their situation had negatively impacted their mental state.