gaga_akt1Global pop superstar Lady Gaga visited the offices of The Albert Kennedy Trust in London and spoke with a number of young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people, throwing a spotlight on LGBT youth homelessness, and urging people to donate.

The surprise visit, which was arranged through The Elton John AIDS Foundation, saw Gaga arrive at the office bearing gifts, blankets and lots of Christmas cake. A number of young LGBT people who are currently accessing AKT services met with Lady Gaga, sharing their experiences, expressing their feelings and talking about the impact The Albert Kennedy Trust has had on their lives.

Lady Gaga spent a few hours in the company of young people, staff and volunteers at AKT, saying:

“I went to the inspiring Albert Kennedy Trust in London to meet some homeless and suffering LGBTQ youth and #ShareKindness on behalf of the Born This Way Foundation They are so sweet, talented, and ambitious. But the holidays are very different for them so we brought some gifts and bonded, sharing our life stories and I did some research on what they really need to survive. They need positive words and donations to keep LGBTQ homeless children who were abandoned off the streets and out of shelters that are dangerous. They are normal good kids, I hung out with them all day. They deserve a real shot at life.”

Tim Sigsworth MBE, Chief Executive at AKT added:

“What an incredible day for The Albert Kennedy Trust, it’s young people and staff team. To have her support is incredibly important. The young people really did get so much out of it, she spoke to each of them individually and spent time really hearing them out. She truly is a beautiful person: authentic, insightful, empathic. Our young people will remember today for the rest of their lives. We’re proud to have Lady Gaga on board at AKT as an Ambassador and Patron. I’d like to thank everyone at The Elton John AIDS Foundation too, for helping to make today possible.”

Before leaving the office, Gaga left an empowering message on the office wall (image attached):

“If you want to heal, you have to feel. Restore your dignity, reclaim your power.”

A short video of Lady Gaga’s visit can be seen at: https://youtu.be/qLRO6LgQkVk

Lady Gaga has since posted on her social media accounts the importance of supporting AKT’s No Room For Hate campaign, and donating to The Albert Kennedy Trust. We would urge people to visit www.akt.org.uk/noroomforhate to donate what they can. Alternatively, you can text NRFH16 £10 to 70070 and donate £10 immediately.

The Albert Kennedy Trust provides safe homes – from emergency accommodation, to homes with Carers, mentoring, training and support to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This Winter, there are 15,000-20,000 homeless young people in the UK, with up to 24% estimated to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans.

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Natalie has been an LGBT journalist for 12 years and joined the Fyne team in 2001. Her interests outside of work are cycling, running and badminton. She is also studying for a degree in psychology.

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