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Students to focus on homeless LGBTI youth for 2018 pride event

Students to focus on homeless LGBTI youth for 2018 pride event

Danny Beard performing at National Student Pride 2017's Lets Talk About Sex panel | Photo: National Student Pride

Vulnerable young LGBT+ people are being made homeless and it is destroying their lives.

That’s the message from National Student Pride who today are announcing their partnership with Albert Kennedy Trust for their 2018 event.

Figures from Albert Kennedy Trust show that of young homeless people in the UK, LGBTI kids are much more likely to be suffering.

Specifically, one in four of homeless young people is LGBTI.

The figures make the LGBTI representation hugely disproportionate. They also show coming out is the reason nearly four in five young LGBTI homeless teens are kicked out.

Chair of Student Pride Hatti Smart says: 
“The figures from the Albert Kennedy Trust are truly devastating. I’m lucky my mum was very supportive when I came out. But for many, it’s a different story and they are kicked out of their homes.’

Once homeless, LGBT youth are more likely to experience targeted violence and discrimination. They are also more likely to abuse drugs, face sexual exploitation, and take more risks in their sex lives.

Smart continues: ‘We need want to empower young people by kickstarting a wider discussion on the crisis of LGBT+ youth homelessness.’

Tim Sigsworth Albert Kennedy Trust CEO says:

“AKT believe that youth homelessness is the most pressing human rights issue facing the UK LGBT+ community. No young person should have to choose between a safe home and being who they are.”

Students enjoying the 2017 event | Photo: National Student Pride

The annual event hosts the Pride.Careers job fair, which is the UK’s largest LGBT+ graduate fair. There is also a mixture of panels and performances.

At last years event focused on sex and relationship education, Years and Years singer Ollie Alexander, BBC Newsnight’s Evan Davis and Radio 1’s Adele Roberts spoke.

Just days after the event, which featured many call outs to the government to make sex education compulsory – education minister Justine Greening made the commitment. It came after a long campaign from many LGBT charities in the UK.

Jodie Marsh also revealed that she identified as asexual on the panel about intersectionality.

What’s happening at the National Student Pride 2018 event?

The whole event starts with an opening night party with one of Britain’s biggest Drag Queens, BGT’s Danny Beard. GAY Late, Fri 10th, 7 pm, included in £5 weekend wristband.

The weekend continues with collaboration panels with My Genderation, Attitude Magazine, and Gay Star News. With themes including being beyond the binary, bisexual erasure and body image. The event also sees the return of the LGBT YouTubers space. Free registration for all to the attend, University of Westminster Marylebone campus, Sat 10th, 12 pm.

As usual, the party continues at London’s iconic Heaven venue in a G-A-Y vs National Student Pride from 11 pm, included in £5 weekend wristband.

In a break from the events cinema on Sunday morning tradition – this year students will take to the streets. A unique guided queer bus tour of London will kick off from. £4, Baker Street, Sun 11th, 10:30 am.

Tickets are available now, the events’ Platinum sponsor is EY and Gold sponsor is Clifford Chance.

Remember to click ‘attending’ on the Facebook event too.

Gay Star News is a media partner of National Student Pride and you can watch the event on our website.

See what you missed last year:

Years & Years’ Olly Alexander: I fooled around with a straight classmate at 14 years old

WATCH: See why Student Pride is named the best LGBTI event of the year