Despite LGBT equality laws and marriage equality, a growing number of LGBT youngsters are being thrown out by their homophobic parents in the US, according to a warning by the Albert Kennedy Trust and Stoneway Housing.
An alarming increase of LGBT young people are being forced into homelessness, as their parents refuse their sexuality. The two leading LGBT charities Albert Kennedy Trust and Stoneway Housing report warn that this is facing a “dramatic increase” and a sign of “parental hostility.”
Some of those LGBT youngsters are physically being “beaten out of their homes”, and others have been sent to “conversion camps” to “cure” them from homosexuality. Some of those have been telling Albert Kennedy Trust, that they end up having to “sell themselves for sex to survive.”
According to Albert Kennedy, it had reached a 20 percent increase from 2013 to 2016. Now approximately 4,800 LGBT youth (24 percent of the youth homeless population) are now homeless or living in unsafe environments.
“Homeless LGBT young people are one of the most disenfranchised and marginalised groups within the UK.”
Tim Sigsworth, Albert Kennnedy’s chief executive, 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.”
According to Stonewall Housing, it receives over 1,800 calls a year from people of all ages seeking help, but in the past year, there has been a 30 per cent increase in calls from 16 to 25-year-olds.
Michael Nastari, Stonewall Housing’s advice team manager, said: “We have seen a dramatic increase in young people coming to us for help. The majority of people contacting us feel their sexual orientation or gender identity is the reason.
“It can be that they are victims of antisocial behaviour where they live. It can be violence against them at home. Young people being excluded by their families is still a big issue.”
“The LGBT community has had recent wins, but we are now seeing a backlash against that from people who aren’t happy with it.
“We can legislate, but actually changing attitudes takes a long time.”