In honor of pop star Harry Styles’ 25th birthday, one of his fans has raised more than £2,200 (US$2,872) for a well known LGBTI charity.
Sasha, who runs a Styles movie news website, decided to raise money for the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT) in England. AKT works to provide safe spaces for LGBTI 16-25 year olds who are homeless, living in a hostile environment or in housing crisis.
‘Harry’s concerts have been considered a place of inclusivity and safety for LGBTQ+ fans since he has become a solo artist, with pride flags becoming commonplace among the crowd and often waved on the stage,’ Sasha wrote on the fundraising page.
‘I believe this is an opportunity for us to continue his message of kindness and ensure vulnerable youth can continue to have access to this wonderful charity’s engagement.’
The former One Direction member, Styles, turned 25 on 1 February. Throughout his career as a solo artist he has celebrated the LGBTI community, by waving rainbow flags at his concerts and even helping one girl come out to her mom.
But Styles’ fans are a generous bunch. Multiple fan pages have raised thousands of dollars this year for LGBTI charities in honour of his birthday.
Happy birthday Harry!
The AKT told Gay Star News ‘it’s amazing to see young people from across the spectrum reach out to support their peers’.
‘We’re grateful that fans of Harry and One Direction are recognising the important issue of LGBTQ+ youth homelessness and that young LGBTQ+ people are at risk of rejection from family simply because of who they are,’ said AKT communications specialist, Grahame Robertson.
‘It sends such a positive message that young people are very socially aware and extremely pro-active. We’re thrilled and extremely grateful that Harry’s fans are supporting AKT.’
Robertson said everyone at AKT wishes Styles a happy birthday and would love to work with him in the future.
‘Celebrities can help us get vitally important messages out to a wide and diverse audience. They are afforded a great platform and a massive audience to inform, educate, as well as entertain,’ he said.
‘It can be invaluable to charities like AKT to have the support of celebrities. It helps us to promote our services, and deliver inclusive messages of support and acceptance. AKT is lucky to have the support of many celebrities both in front of and behind the scenes.’
The raised funds will help AKT service the young people that are increasingly coming from diverse communities.
‘We know that there are young LGBT people facing homelessness outside of our physical bases in Manchester, London and Newcastle, so we must find ways to grow our digital services,’ Robertson said.
‘Money raised for AKT can help us further develop our digital services to make sure as many young LGBTQ+ people as possible have access to support.’
‘We can assure fans of Harry that all the money they raise for us will go directly towards supporting vulnerable young LGBTQ+ people.’