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The Albert Kennedy Trust (akt) is a charity set up to support young LGBT people who are homeless or living in a hostile environment. It operates in Manchester and London.

It was founded in 1989 by Cath Hall, an experienced foster carer, who was involved in Manchester's LGBT youth group. She became acutely aware of the young LGBT people being rejected by their families and thrown out of their homes. The charity is named after Albert Kennedy, who had run away from a children's home after suffering rejection and abuse, and fell to his death in 1989, at the age of 16, from the top of a car park in Manchester.[1].

It aims to support young LGBT people by:

  • Providing appropriate homes through supported lodgings, fostering and other specialist housing schemes.
  • Enabling young people to manage independent living successfully.
  • Improving attitudes within society towards lesbian, gay and bisexual young people.

AKT can be accessed via LGBT Jigsaw.

Tim Sigsworth became CEO in January 2007, replacing Richard McKendrick.[2]

In May 2013 the Outpost Housing Project, based in Newcastle, merged with the Albert Kennedy Trust and was renamed AKT Outpost.[3]

External links

http://www.akt.org.uk/ AKT website


  1. Albert Kennedy fell to his death from a top of a car park in Manchester while trying to escape a car load of what are described as "queer bashers." Ann Keen M.P. spoke about the case and the charity in a debate in the House Of Commons 'REDUCTION IN AGE AT WHICH CERTAIN SEXUAL ACTS ARE LAWFUL' HC Deb 22 June 1998 vol 314 cc754-811|| https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/commons/1998/jun/22/reduction-in-age-at-which-certain-sexual
  2. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2007/01/18/gay-homeless-charity-gets-new-chief/ Pink News article
  3. http://www.akt.org.uk/2/spg423/albert_kennedy_trust_-_helping_young_lgbt_people/about_us/latest_news/akt_and_outpost_merger.aspx